Citadel slugger Bo Thompson headed to Omaha to compete in college baseball home run derby

The Citadel's Bo Thompson hit 14 home runs this season. (File photo)

The Citadel’s Bo Thompson will join many of college baseball’s top sluggers in Omaha, Neb., to compete in the College Home Run Derby on July 3.

The event takes place at TD Ameritrade Park, which is currently hosting the College World Series, and will be shown on ESPN on July 4.

Thompson, the Bulldogs’ first baseman/designated hitter, earned a spot in the derby on the strength of his 14 home runs during his sophomore season, a figure that tied him for third in the Southern Conference and 20th in the nation.

The Mauldin native batted .299 and added 10 doubles and 52 RBI. He slugged .567 on the year and his on-base percentage of .472 ranked him second in the SoCon and 30th in the nation. Thompson’s 54 walks were the sixth-most in the country.

After missing three games with an ankle injury in early March, Thompson slammed three home runs and drove in five runs in a win over Samford in the first conference game of the season on March 8.

He matched that career high in RBI against Furman on April 27 as part of a game which saw him knock out a career-best five hits and hit two more homers. He also drove in five runs against Charleston Southern on May 14.