Fresno State's Judge Wins 2012 TD Ameritrade College Baseball Home Run Derby
July 3, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. --- Fresno State junior outfielder Aaron Judge won the 2012 TD Ameritrade College Baseball Home Run Derby on Tuesday night at Omaha's TD Ameritrade Park.
Judge launched 16 home runs in three rounds, including four straight and the bonus ball when down to his final out for a total of eight home runs in the deciding round.
Judge qualified for the finals with a total of eight home runs through the first two sessions before erupting for the winning eight home runs to best LSU's Mason Katz and Virginia Tech's Tyler Horan for the championship.
Judge became the second Bulldog to reach the Derby's finals. In 2010, former Bulldog Jordan Ribera finished second in the inaugural derby, which was held as the final event at Rosenblatt Stadium.
The event will air tape-delayed on CBS on Saturday, July 7 at 11 a.m. PT.
Judge was one of eight individuals from across the nation selected to compete at the event and will be the second Bulldog to participate in the three-year-old contest. He was the only student-athlete from the West picked to participate, as he joined players from the ACC (3), SEC (2), Southern (1) and Ohio Valley (1) to represent the MW for the first time officially by any male Fresno State student-athlete.
Swimmer Dani Yoho was the first Fresno State student-athlete to compete in any competition as a member of the Mountain West when she swam the 50-meter freestyle on Sunday at the Olympic Trials, also held in Omaha.
In 2012, Judge launched four home runs, including two off Stanford ace pitcher and the Pittsburgh Pirates' top draft pick (No. 8 overall) Mark Appel, in leading Fresno State to its seventh-straight conference championship and the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
Judge, a two-time first-team all-conference honoree and a 2011 Freshman All-American, also posted 27 RBI, went 13-for-15 in stolen base attempts, scored 47 runs and had 14 doubles. He recorded a season batting average of .332.