The field of six is set for the College Home Run Derby, which will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park.
This year’s participants are T.J. Collett (Kentucky), Griffin Doersching (Northern Kentucky), Tyler Keenan (Mississippi), Chris Lanzilli (Wake Forest), Michael Rothenberg (Duke) and Quentin Selma (California).
The derby will feature three rounds of play. The first will include all six participants, then four will advance to the second round, and two will square off for the title in the third round. Contestants in each round will have four minutes to hit as many homers as they can, and after that time period ends, they will have the opportunity to hit a “bonus ball” worth an additional two home runs.
The derby will be televised live on ESPN2. Tickets begin at $10 and can be purchased on CollegeHomeRunDerby.com or by visiting the CHI Health Center box office.
Collett hit 10 homers this season, the second straight year he’s reached double digits. He also led Kentucky with 40 RBIs.
Doersching finished his sophomore season with 13 homers, giving him 26 for his career. He also led his team in RBIs (44), slugging percentage (.503) and was second in doubles and total bases.
Keenan ranked fourth in the SEC with 15 home runs, which brought his career total to 24 through two seasons. He also had a team-high 66 RBIs to finish sixth in his conference.
Lanzilli was a first-team All-ACC selection and a third-team All-American after hitting 16 home runs with a .347 batting average and 67 RBIs.
Rothenberg was Duke’s leader in home runs (11) and RBIs (52). The Blue Devil catcher helped lead Duke to a super regional for the second time in program history.
Selma made first-team all-conference after hitting 10 homers this season, all of which came in the final 31 games of the regular season.