LSU's Matt Gaudet (left) with former Major Leaguer Frank Thomas
Photo by: LSUsports.net, LSU Athletics Publications
Gaudet Takes Part in College Home Run Derby
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Published: July 08, 2010, 03:11 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

OMAHA, Neb. -- LSU slugger Matt Gaudet competed Wednesday night in the inaugural TD AMERITRADE College Home Run Derby at Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium. The event will be shown on a tape-delayed basis by CBS on Sunday from Noon-1 p.m. CDT.

Gaudet hit two homers in the competition, but did not advance past the first round. The winner was East Tennessee State first baseman Paul Hoilman, who hit 12 dingers in the final round.

Other competitors included Jordan Ribera of Fresno State, Matt Skole of Georgia Tech, Dan Paolini of Siena, Steven Felix of Troy, Ricky Oropesa of Southern California and Matt Leeds of College of Charleston.

The 2010 TD AMERITRADE College Home Run Derby also featured as special guests National Baseball Hall of Fame member Mike Schmidt, 2010 Hall of Fame inductee Andre Dawson and future Hall of Famer Frank Thomas.

Schmidt and Dawson participated in several events throughout the day and served as honorary hitting coaches for the Derby participants. Thomas worked as one of the CBS announcers for the television coverage of the event.

Gaudet, a product of Metairie, La., completed his collegiate career in 2010, earning second-team all-SEC honors at designated hitter while blasting a team-high 19 homers for the Tigers.  He finished fourth in the SEC in home runs and ninth in the league in RBI with 67.

Gaudet has earned a general studies degree from LSU and is a two-time member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

 

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