March 12, 2010

ISLANDER LEFTY WINS HOME RUN DERBY

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior outfielder Matt Holland slugged a homer to right in the sudden-death round to edge Oklahoma's Drew Harrison and capture Thursday night's Baseball America Home Run Derby at Whataburger Field.

Holland, along with Harrison, a freshman infielder, and Mississippi State senior infielder Russ Sneed finished the first two rounds with five homers each. Holland and Harrison each drilled one long ball in the three-out tiebreaking round.

Holland then blasted one out on his first swing in the two-swing, sudden-death round. Harrison was unable to clear the fence with either of his final cuts. A left-handed hitter, Holland hit all seven of his home runs to right field, including one that glanced off the foul pole.

Tournament play begins Friday at 2:00 p.m. when Mississippi State battles Oklahoma. The Islanders take on undefeated UCLA at 6:00 p.m.