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Clemson freshman shortstop invited to compete in College Home Run Derby

June 20, 2017

CLEMSON — Monte Lee made it clear Friday during his final press conference of the year that he had no desire to monitor the happenings in Omaha, Neb right now for the College World Series.

“I have no interest in watching the College World Series,” Clemson’s baseball coach said. “If we aren’t playing, I don’t want to watch it.”

But three days after it ends, perhaps Lee will now tune into his television. On Tuesday, the Tigers announced freshman shortstop Logan Davidson, a freshman All-American and an ACC All-Freshman team selection, will compete in the College Home Run Derby on July 1 in Omaha.

Davidson joins former Clemson corner infielder Richie Shaffer as the only other Tiger to ever participate, and both hail from the same high school — Providence in Charlotte, N.C.

Six total players from around the country were invited to compete. The format includes three rounds and each contestant in each round has four minutes to smack as many homers as possible. When time runs out, they get one more chance at one final homer with the “Bonus Ball,” which adds two more homers to the count if the contestant is successful.

Davidson, the Tigers’ leadoff switch hitter, hit .286 for the year with nine doubles, 12 homers and 41 RBIs. The Home Run Derby will be televised at 9 p.m. on July 1 on ESPN2.