OMAHA, Neb. – Sophomore slugger Dylan Busby will represent Florida State at the seventh annual TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., on Sunday, July 3rd on ESPN2.
The other participants in the event include Colby Bortles (Mississippi), Joe Davis (Houston), Greg Diechmann (LSU), Hagen Owenby (East Tennessee State), Brent Rooker (Mississippi State), Reid Russell (Lamar) and Gary Russo (Miami (OH)).
Busby, who led the Seminoles with 14 home runs in 2016, is one of eight hitters participating in the event after enjoying one of the best stretches of his collegiate career over the course of the final month of the season. He is the lone representative from the Atlantic Coast Conference, after finishing seventh among league hitters in home runs.
Inside the Seminoles’ final 21 games of the season, Busby led Florida State in batting average (.379), slugging percentage (.782), hits (33), RBI (23), runs (21), home runs (eight) and triples (two).
Busby’s first major power surge came during the ACC Tournament. He earned All-Tournament honors after finishing among the in the top five players in the tournament in hits (nine-1st), runs (six-1st), home runs (four-1st), RBI (10-1st), slugging percentage (1.294-1st) and batting average (.529-2nd).
One of the Sarasota, Fla., native’s best outings at the ACC Tournament came when he went 3-for-5 at the plate with three RBI, three runs scored and two home runs in the championship game against Clemson. That marked Busby’s first multi-home run performance of his collegiate career.
The following week he earned Most Outstanding Player honors of the Tallahassee Regional after finishing 8-of-17 (.471 batting average) at the plate with eight RBI, seven runs scored, three doubles, two home runs and a 1.118 slugging percentage. Busby was one of six Florida State hitters to finish with better than a .400 batting average as the Seminoles completed the sweep of the regional by outscoring Alabama State, Southern Mississippi and South Alabama by a combined 43-14.
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