COLUMBUS, Ohio – Zach Ratcliff, a sophomore first baseman on the Ohio State baseball team, has been selected to participate in the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby held at 8:30 p.m. ET July 3 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. The event will be televised live on ESPN.
Ratcliff, one of eight contestants picked to attend, will be the first-ever player from the Big 10 Conference to compete in the College HR Derby. Playing for the Kenosha Kingfish of the Northwoods League this summer, Ratcliff a Blacklick, Ohio, native is leading the league in home runs.
The College Home Run Derby includes three rounds of play: Round 1 featuring all contestants, Round 2 featuring the hitters with the top four scores after Round 1 and Round 3 featuring the top two sluggers after Round 2.
In each round, contestants will attempt to hit as many home runs as they can before logging 10 outs, or hits that do not result in a home run. Balls reaching the warning track will not count as an out, giving players another opportunity at bat. Additionally, following the 10th and final out of each at bat, contestants will have an opportunity to hit a home run with the Bonus Ball. If successful, the special ball will tack two additional home runs onto the contestant’s total score.