The LSU Tigers weren’t able to make it to Omaha this season, but their first baseman will.
Sophomore Greg Deichmann has been selected to take part in the 2016 TD Ameritrate College Home Run Derby, the school announced Monday.
The seventh annual event is set for 7:30 p.m. Sunday at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, home of the College World Series.
The event will be televised on ESPN2.
The home run derby showcases some of the college game’s premier sluggers, all of whom ranked among the nation’s home run leaders in 2016.
Deichmann led LSU in home runs (11) and RBIs (57) while batting .288 with 14 doubles, three triples and five steals.
He went on a power surge in the Southeastern Conference and NCAA tournaments, emerging as the Tigers’ top hitter with a .385 average in 10 games with a double, five homers and 16 RBIs. Four of those homers were in the NCAA tournament, while his mammoth blast against Tennessee in the SEC tournament tied the score in LSU’s eventual 5-4 victory.
The Metairie native, who was the MVP of the NCAA Baton Rouge regional, will be the third Tiger to participate in the event, following Mason Katz, who reached the final round in 2012, and Matt Gaudet in 2010.
Deichmann was selected in the 26th round of the major league draft earlier this month by the Minnesota Twins but subsequently announced he plans to return to LSU for his junior season.