The NCAA Division I has been a home run clinic this season, and Auburn has been one of the top teams to produce them. A big reason is Kyle Vanderwall, the sophomore first baseman for the Tigers, who went yard three times against Stanford yesterday, in a 4-for-6 effort that helped produce a 19-14 victory.
Vanderwall has 12 homers on the season so far, but even his impressive long ball stat is dwarfed by teammates Brian Ady, Jayden Nelson, and Angel Gonzalez. Vanderwall does have a solid claim to the team batting title so far this season, and is currently hitting .373.
Meanwhile, Clemson’s Omar Favorite crushed a trio of homers yesterday as well. The 19-year-old from Gary, Indiana, went 3-for-4 against Notre Dame, starting the day with a ground out, but charging back to crank a solo shot in the 3rd off Peyton Hurley. He teed up Hurley again for a two-run shot in the 5th before blasting another two-run bomb off Paul Gallagher, creating almost half the runs in the 13-2 pounding of the Irish.