OMAHA, Neb., Jul 09, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Fresno State’s Aaron Judge beat out LSU’s Mason Katz and Virginia Tech’s Tyler Horan to become the third TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby champion on Tuesday, July 3, at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha (Neb.) in front of 22,403 people. The event was televised nationwide on Saturday, July 7, on CBS.
With only one out remaining and trailing by three in the final round, Judge blasted four consecutive home runs plus the bonus ball – worth two – to take an insurmountable lead over Horan and Katz. The Bulldogs’ 6-foot-7 sophomore hit a total of 16 home runs in the three-round competition. After the first town rounds, Katz led with a combined 12 home runs; Judge and Horan tied with eight, setting up the three-player final.
Major League Baseball legend and 1985 Heisman Trophy Winner Bo Jackson served as the honorary hitting coach for participants.
“It was a great night for college baseball,” said Bill Gerber, chief financial officer at TD Ameritrade. “On behalf of our more than 6,000 associates, we congratulate Judge and wish him the best of luck next season. We hope to see him return to the College Home Run Derby in 2013.”
The event also recognized Davidson College’s Drew Gadaire, recipient of the first Fan’s Choice Award presented by TD Ameritrade. The award recognizes college baseball players who are positive role models on and off the field and exemplify core values such as teamwork, integrity and the drive to win. The winner was determined by the fans through a six-week Facebook competition that amassed more than 20,000 votes.
The 2012 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby was produced and marketed by Intersport, in conjunction with TD Ameritrade.
OMAHA, Neb., June 28, 2012 – The 2011 College Home Run Derby Champion, College of Charleston’s Daniel Aldrich, will return to Omaha to defend his title against seven other talented sluggers in the 2012 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby presented by Miller High Life.
Aldrich, a redshirt sophomore, started the season as a preseason First Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Aldrich stepped up in his team’s toughest games this season, hitting home runs in wins at South Carolina and at Clemson, including a 12th-inning walk-off home run against Coastal Carolina.
“I’m honored and excited to be returning to Omaha to compete in this year’s Home Run Derby,” says Aldrich. “I had a great time competing against some of the country’s top players last year, and I’m looking forward to hitting well again this year.”
Joining Aldrich in Omaha for the 2012 College Home Run Derby are:
- LB Dantzler – a junior from University of South Carolina, who finished the season with 10 home runs and 48 RBI. Dantzler helped lead the Gamecocks to its third straight national championship series.
- Tyler Horan – a redshirt sophomore from Virginia Tech, who finished the season with 15 home runs, ranking third in the ACC. He also led his team in several categories, including runs batted in (RBI) (41) and runs scored (45).
- Daniel Palka – a sophomore from Georgia Tech, who hit 12 home runs and was named Second Team All-ACC. He was one of two Yellow Jackets to start all 64 games this season. In his time off the field, the outfielder volunteers for the Special Olympics.
- Derek Fisher – a freshman from the University of Virginia who was named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Baseball Team, as selected by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, and as a Freshman All-American by the NCBWA. He ranks in the Top 10 nationally for triples (8) and his favorite MLB team is the New York Yankees.
- Zach Stephens – a sophomore from Tennessee Tech, who tied for sixth nationally in home runs (18) and was named to the Second Team All-Ohio Valley Conference. Stephens was also a semi-finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and named to the 60-man Golden Spikes Award Watch List.
- Mason Katz – a junior from Louisiana State University (LSU), who finished the year with 13 homers, 52 RBI, and a slugging percentage over .550. When not on the diamond, Katz loves spending time on the golf course.
- Aaron Judge – a sophomore from Fresno State, who finished the year with a batting average of more than .300 while playing in all 58 games. He is a two-time First Team All-WAC selection and a 2012 WAC All-Tournament Team selection.