The Brady Slavins made history during the fifth inning of their semifinal game in Arkansas against Ole Miss at the 2022 Men’s Collegiate World Championships.
Slavens crushed a single track tracked at 436 feet, according to official media notes for the NCAA 2022 College World Series. This distance exceeds the Florida Gator, former Pete Alonso and Auburn Tiger Edward Julian Longest tracked Homer in men History of the College World Series at Charles Schwab Field Omaha (formerly TD Ameritrade Park) – unofficially. The stadium has hosted the tournament since its opening in 2011.
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– NCAA Baseball (NCAABaseball) June 23, 2022
Why is this record unofficial? We reached out to Jeff Williams, associate director of media coordination and statistics for the NCAA, in 2019 to find out if the NCAA held historical records for the longest number of races in the College World Series. It turns out they don’t. But thanks to ESPN, the TV that’s been the home of CWS since 2003, we’ve got a pretty good idea of some other longer bombshells.
ESPN has been tracking home running distance since moving the championship from Rosenblatt to Charles Schwab Field Omaha in 2011. According to ESPN stats and information, here are the longest running men’s college world championships since 2011:
|Date||hitter||The school||Distance from human resources||Discount||INNING||HR trend|
|22/6/22||Brady Slavins||Arkansas||436 ft||Ole Miss||Fifth||center|
|6/16/19||Edward Julian||Auburn||429 ft||Mississippi||Second||the correct|
|6/20/15||Alonso’s house||Florida||429 ft||Virginia||Second||center|
|22/6/2017||Brendan McKay||Louisville||428 ft||TCU||the fourth||center right|
|6/21/2016||Alonso’s house||Florida||425 ft||Texas Tech||ninth||the left|
|17/6/15||Alonso’s house||Florida||421 ft||Miami, Florida)||seventh||center|
|17/6/17||Dylan Busby||Florida||421 ft||LSU||the first||center|
|17/6/19||Cameron Warren||Texas Tech||421 ft||Arkansas||the fourth||the left|
Slavins is only the third player to have major home success in any college game in the midfield seat gap at Charles Schwab Field Omaha, joining Alonso and Busby from the MCWS roster above.
Alonso has three of the six tallest homers on the list. His first big fly of the 2015 championship was recorded at a projected distance of 421 feet off the left field in a 93 mph fastball from Miami right-hand side Derek Peupees on June 17, 2015. The ball landed about five rows deep, just to the left. The hitter’s eye is in the direct position.
That was the fourth and final home round that night for the Gators, who won 10-2 to eliminate the Hurricanes.
– NCAA Baseball (NCAACWS) June 18, 2015
“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Alonso said after that match. “Especially if you call one and get out of this park because the ball historically doesn’t move well here, it sure is a good hit ball and to win a baseball and get it past the fence is the best feeling in the world.”
Just three days later, Alonso broke his own park record with that giant 429-foot hit against Virginia. This time he jumped on a hanging ball and shot it we will Behind the 408-foot-high wall in the center of the field.
– NCAA Baseball (NCAACWS) June 21, 2015
The Gators would eventually lose this match to Virginia, 5-4, to lose one game to reach the CWS Finals. But Alonso certainly made an impression in Omaha. And it’s not over.
Florida returned for the 2016 College World Series, and Alonso continued to flaunt. Against Texas Tech in the ninth inning of the elimination game, he crushed Homer’s 425-foot-tall, which nearly made his way into the lobby behind the left stands.
That would be Alonso’s last bet in the Gators’ costume. He signed with the Mets as a second-round pick after Florida was eliminated by Texas Tech. In seven CWS career matches, Alonso finished with an average of 0.320 (8 for 25), three home runs, five runs and nine RBIs.
The next tallest CWS homer at TD Ameritrade Park came behind Slavens, Julien and Alonso off the bat of three-time John Olerud award winner Brendan McKay.
McKay hit his 428-foot bombshell—one foot off the record—in his last collegiate game in 2017. He finished 1-4 in Louisville’s 4-3 elimination loss to the TCU.
“For me personally, it’s just another statistic,” Mackay said in 2017 at the post-match press conference. “But to have a home race in the College World Series is amazing, on national television in front of about 20,000 people in the stands, it’s really cool.”
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– NCAA Baseball (NCAACWS) June 23, 2017
Notably, all eight homeowners at the top of ESPN’s roster have come since 2015. The flat-stitch baseball—which travels off the bat—has been approved by the NCAA for use starting that season. This move was made to counter changes in bat specifications in 2011 that led to a decrease in offensive production. Six home runs were hit in 30 games in the 2013 and 14 College World Series.
CWS home runs increased to 15 with the new ball in 2015 and closed at 10 in 2016. In 2017, 23 long balls were hit, breaking the new field record (2011-present). It topped that in 2021, with 28 MCWS infected.