TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona Freshman All-American baseball player Bobby Dalbec has accepted an invitation to compete in the 2014 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby. The event will be held at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, the home of the NCAA Men’s College World Series, on July 3.
Dalbec will be the first Wildcat to participate in the event, which is entering its fifth year of competition. This year’s contest will be televised live by ESPN beginning at 7:30 p.m. CDT (5:30 p.m. in Tucson).
A native of Parker, Colo., Dalbec was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American as a two-way player earlier this month by Collegiate Baseball. Dalbec played in 47 games with 44 starts, including 33 at first base and 11 as the designated hitter. He also was second on the club with 22 appearances out of the bullpen.
Offensively, Dalbec finished fifth on the team with a .266 batting average and tied for the team lead with two home runs. His 30 runs batted in were third-most for any Wildcat, and he added 22 runs scored.
A 6-foot-4 right-hander, Dalbec tuned in the lowest earned run average on the pitching staff with a 2.13 mark. He had a 3-5 record and two saves to his credit, while striking out 24 batters over 38.0 innings pitched.
Dalbec was one of three players named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American under the “multiple position athletes” designation. He was the 20th Arizona player to garner Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball.
Dalbec is playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League this summer for the Orleans Firebirds.