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BYU baseball: Colton Shaver invited to Home Run Derby in Omaha

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Colton Shaver of BYU competes in the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby in Omaha, Nebraska, on ESPN on July 2 at 7:30 p.m. CT.

Colton Shaver of BYU competes in the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby in Omaha, Nebraska, on ESPN on July 2 at 7:30 p.m. CT.

Mark A. Philbrick, BYU

BYU catcher Colton Shaver of will participate in the sixth annual College Home Run Derby.

The event will be shown live from TD Ameritrade Park on ESPN on July 2 at 7:30 p.m. CT.

Shaver was named to the Freshman All-America team by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and to the West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team. He finished 2015 as the NCAA's third-leading freshman home run hitter, leading the Cougars with 13 homers. He hit a pair of homers twice against Utah and once at Utah Valley University, Saint Mary's College and the University of San Francisco.

Sporting a .314 batting average and a .598 slugging percentage, Shaver was second on the team with a 31-game on-base streak and was the Rawlings WCC Player of the Week for his play against USF. The 6-foot-0 freshman from Riverton saw the bulk of playing time as BYU's starting mainly at DH in 53 games, batting in the fifth spot behind cleanup hitter Dillon Robinson. Shaver, the Utah High School Gatorade Player of the Year in 2014, is currently playing summer ball for the DC Grays in Washington, D.C.

"I couldn't be more excited for Colton to be presented with this opportunity," BYU coach Mike Littlewood said. "If there is one thing Colton can do, it's hit the ball a long way. This event will give Colton a chance to showcase his power on a national stage."

Shaver selected coach Littlewood to throw his pitches off the mound to him in the Derby.

Joining Shaver in the 2015 College Home Run Derby to date are:

• Eric Gutierrez, Texas Tech University (2014 runner-up): Gutierrez, who broke the College Home Run Derby record a year ago with 52 home runs, earned All-Big 12 first team honors this season after hitting .315 with four home runs, 14 doubles and a team-leading 46 RBIs and earned the ABCA Rawlings Gold Glove as top defensive first baseman in college baseball.

• Will Craig, Wake Forest University: A consensus All-American, Craig put together one of the best offensive seasons in program history. The sophomore hit .382 with 13 homers and 58 RBIs, starting all 53 games for the Demon Deacons. The ACC Player of the Year led the nation in RBIs, home runs, slugging percentage and total bases at different parts of the season.

• Jeff Campbell, University of North Dakota: Campbell recently finished an impressive collegiate career in which he slugged 32 career round-trippers — third-most in school history — including a Western Athletic Conference-leading 11 homers this season. He hit .365 with 48 RBIs in his final campaign and was a First Team All-WAC selection in 2015.

Individual tickets for the 2015 Home Run Derby and fireworks are $8 for children (ages 3-12), $12 for adults or a ‘Family Four-Pack’ for $36. Tickets may be purchased in person from the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or online from Ticketmaster's site. Service fees will apply to tickets purchased over the phone or online but not to those purchased in person. For groups of 20 or more, visit the College Home Run Derby website.

Ralph R. Zobell has worked for BYU Athletic Media Relations in various capacities for over 30 years. You can view his bio at byucougars.com/staff/athletics/ralph-zobell or contact him at ralph_zobell@byu.edu.