OMAHA, NE (KCBD) -
Red Raider Slugger Eric Gutierrez returned to Omaha Thursday night for the College Baseball Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park, site of the College World Series where Texas Tech played for the first time ever last month.
Gutierrez wowed the crowd as the sophomore reached the finals against UT Freshman Tres Barrera. Both guys grew up together in Mission, Texas. That made the finals extra special. The Longhorn hit major long balls - Barrera tallied 25 points including the 2-point money ball. Gutierrez got hot early and had 11 home runs and only 2 outs. He finished up with 18 including the 2-point moneyball, finishing 2nd to Barrera.
In the first round, Gutierrez, getting pitches from his dad, hit a record 15 homers and then he added a new record 19 more in the 2nd round, including 5 in a row and one that went 446 feet.
Gutierrez said the baseball looked like a watermelon. With a leading 34 home runs, Gutierrez moved into the finals against Barrera who had 18.
Gutierrez had 52 total points in the competition, a terrific showing by the Red Raider.