Georgia Southern's Victor Roache, who led the nation with 30 home runs this season, headlines the eight-player field for the second annual TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby, scheduled for Saturday in Omaha.
Roache, a sophomore, was a first-team All-American this season who hit six more home runs than any other Division I player and led the Golden Eagles into NCAA regional play. One spot in the eight-player field remains unfilled, but six others have committed to join Roache in the Home Run Derby field:
• First-team All-Freshman outfielder Daniel Aldrich of College of Charleston, who hit 22 homers to lead all freshmen
• Andrew Rash, a redshirt sophomore who hit an Atlantic Coast Conference-best 18 homers for Virginia Tech and was drafted in the 36th round by the Padres
• Bucknell first baseman Doug Shribman, who hit a Patriot League-best 16 homers
• Junior DH Dylan Pratt of East Tennessee State, alma mater of 2010 champ Paul Hoilman; Pratt hit 15 homers for ETSU this spring
• DH Joey DeMichele of Arizona State, a third-team All-American who hit nine homers while batting .368 for the Sun Devils
• Outfielder Connor Harrell of Vanderbilt, a sophomore who hit two of his nine homers during the College World Series.
Joe Carter and Hall of Famer Paul Molitor will serve as honorary hitting coaches for the participants, while Frank Thomas will provide commentary on the CBS Sports coverage of the competition. The Derby will air at 2 p.m. Eatern Time on Sunday, July 3. For more information, visit www.collegehomerunderby.com.
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