June 28, 2012

Tech’s Stephens to participate in College Home Run Derby

OMAHA --- Tennessee Tech sophomore Zach Stephens has been selected as one of seven players from college baseball to participate in the 2012 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby.

The event will be held in the TD Ameritrade Park located in Omaha, home of the College World Series. The first pitched is scheduled for Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m.

“I found out last week when coach Bragga said I was invited,” Stephens said. “I was really excited when I first heard the news and it will be a great opportunity to get out there and hit a few home runs.”

Stephens displayed power all season and finished fourth in the nation in home runs per game (0.34) and sixth in home runs with 18. His .696 slugging percentage placed him in fifth place in the nation, while his 142 total bases ranked 29th. His on base percentage of .479 put him in 32nd place.

Stephens also finished 58th in batting average (.368), 53rd in runs batted in per game (0.98) and 84th runs batted in (52).
Tennessee Tech assistant coach Matt Mihoci will pitch for Stephens during the event and seemed to be the natural choice for Stephens.
“I always seemed to have a good batting practice when he was throwing off the mound,” Stephens said. “He always threw the pitches right down the middle of the plate and they seemed to go a little farther every time.”
Stephens will compete with six talented hitters from some of the most prestigious baseball programs in the nation.
Other participants in the event include last year’s winner, Daniel Aldrich out of College of Charleston, LB Dantzler of South Carolina, Tyler Horan of Virginia Tech, Daniel Palka of Georgia Tech, Derek Fisher of Virginia, Mason Katz of Louisiana State and Aaron Judge of Fresno State.
 To learn more about the college home run derby click here