Greg Deichmann’s trip to Omaha, Nebraska, wasn’t without fireworks.
The LSU slugger hit 12 home runs — the last of which counted for two points on a “money ball” — but he was unable to advance past the first round of the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby on Sunday night.
With former Tigers catcher (and current director of baseball operations) Micah Gibbs throwing to him, Deichmann — the only left-handed hitter in the competition — sprayed his 12 homers along the right side of the field. His longest was measured at 460 feet, one of four that went farther than 430.
East Tennessee State’s Hagen Owenby, the eventual champion, set a derby record with 23 first-round home runs. Mississippi State’s Brent Rooker (16), Houston’s Joe Davis and Lamar’s Reid Russell (15 each) advanced out of the eight-man field into the second round.
Deichmann, the only LSU hitter with double-digit home runs, hit five of his team-high 11 homers in his final 39 at-bats this season — including go-ahead knocks in wins against Tennessee in the SEC tournament and Rice in the Baton Rouge regional championship game.
The Most Outstanding Player of the Baton Rouge regional, Deichmann was drafted in the 26th round by the Minnesota Twins in June but has elected to return to LSU for his junior season.
Deichmann was the third Tiger to participate in the derby, which began in 2010. Matt Gaudet competed in the inaugural year, and former slugger Mason Katz made the finals in 2012.