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TJ Collett reaches second round of 2019 College Home Run Derby

Collett crushed some big Blue Bombs in Omaha.

Elliott Hess, UK Athletics

The 2019 Kentucky Wildcats may not have made it to Omaha, Nebraska for the College World Series but one member of their team did.

After hitting 10 home runs as a junior in 2019 for the Wildcats, Collett participated in the 2019 college home run derby in Omaha Saturday night.

Collett joined Chris Lanzilli of Wake Forrest, Griffin Doersching of Northern Kentucky, Michael Rothenberg of Duke, Quentin Selma of California Berkley and Tyler Keenan of Ole Miss in the annual event.

He became the first Wildcat since Tristan Pompey in 2017 to participate in the derby.

Collett would not come out victorious but did advance to round two of the derby after he slugged nine home runs in round one. He finished the derby with 16 home runs after hitting seven in round two, but that would not be enough to advance to the final round.

Northern Kentucky’s Doersching would ultimately come out on top but all in all, it was still an excellent experience for Collett and a chance to represent Kentucky Baseball on a national stage.

With the derby in the books, Collett will return to Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he’s spending the summer playing in the prestigious cape cod league with the Brewster Whitecaps.

Here’s a look at Collet’s performance in the derby courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV.