Wil Dalton, Florida
Logan Davidson, Clemson
Thomas Dillard, Ole Miss
Kyle McCann, Georgia Tech
Parker Phillips, Austin Peay
Nic Ready, Air Force
OMAHA, Neb. (July 1, 2018) – Nic Ready of the Air Force Academy won the 2018 Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in front of 17,619 fans and a national television audience on ESPN2 after hitting a College Home Run Derby record 55 home runs.
This was the third consecutive year that the Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans College Home Run Derby was decided on the final pitch. Ready edged Clemson’s Logan Davidson in dramatic fashion in the final round, 21 points to 20. Trailing by one point, Davidson had a chance to win the competition on the final pitch of the event with a home run on the Rocket Mortgage Money Ball (worth two points) that would have crowned him the champion in walk-off fashion. 184 home runs were hit throughout the night, falling one home run short of the record 185 set in 2016.
Ready, who recently earned All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball News and First-Team All-Mountain West Baseball honors, is coming off a banner junior season where he led the conference with 20 home runs and 74 RBIs. Both totals rank second all-time in a season at Air Force. The Dallas native batted .341 on the season. He also led the conference with 12 home runs and 42 RBI in conference play, both of which are school MW season records.
Other participants included players Wil Dalton (Florida), Thomas Dillard (Ole Miss), Kyle McCann (Georgia Tech) and Parker Phillips (Austin Peay State), along with Ready and Davidson.
The full results are as follows:
- Nic Ready: 18 points (16 HRs + Money Ball)
- Thomas Dillard: 16 points
- Logan Davidson: 15 points
- Parker Phillips: 12 points
- Wil Dalton: 11 points
- Kyle McCann: 10 points (8 HRs + Money Ball)
- Logan Davidson: 23 points; 38 total ( 21 HRs + Money Ball)
- Nic Ready: 19 points; 37 total (17 HRs + Money Ball)
- Thomas Dillard: 17 points; 33 total (15 HRs + Money Ball)
- Parker Phillips: 8 points; 20 total
- Nic Ready: 21 points (19 HRs + Money Ball)
- Logan Davidson: 20 points
College baseball legends Terry Francona (Arizona) and Nomar Garciaparra (Georgia Tech) were inducted into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame prior to the event and were recognized during the event with ceremonial jerseys and acceptance videos.
The 2018 Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans College Home Run Derby was produced and marketed by Intersport.
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