June 25, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Zach Ratcliff, a sophomore first baseman/designated hitter 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, hit .232 with two doubles, two home runs, 15 RBI and 11 runs scored in 25 starts his sophomore season in a Buckeye uniform. Playing for the Kenosha Kingfish of the Northwoods League this summer, Ratcliff is hitting .280 with six doubles and seven long balls to go along with 20 RBI and 16 runs scored. The 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.
In addition, former Buckeye Steve Arlin will be in Omaha after being selected as one of four members to be inducted into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014. Arlin will be recognized at the Home Run Derby and will be part of ESPN’s live broadcast. Ohio State’s first two-time All-American posted a 24-3 record in his two years with the Buckeyes. Posted 24 career wins (to just three losses) despite only playing the 1965 and 1966 seasons. In the 1965 College World Series, Arlin set two College World Series records against Washington State by striking out 20 batters in 15 innings pitched. He posted an 11-1 record in 1966, earning College World Series MVP honors while leading the Buckeyes to the national championship. Arlin ranks second on the Ohio State career list with 294 strikeouts and he was elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008, the same year his jersey – No. 22 – was retired at Ohio State. Arlin went on to play parts of six seasons in the big leagues between the San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians organizations.