Monday June 27, 2022

Arkansas Razorbacks baseball designated hitter Brady Slavens made College World Series history on Wednesday against Ole Miss.

The history came in the top of the fifth inning in a win-or-go-home game for the Razorbacks.

Slavens led off the top of the fifth inning for Arkansas, and on the second pitch he saw, he smashed the ball to dead center field. 

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The home run went 436 feet — longer than any other home run at the College World Series since the event moved to Charles Schwab Field/TD Ameritrade Park in 2011. 

The exit velocity on Slavens’ homer was 107 miles per hour, and the launch angle was 24 degrees, according to Arkansas. 

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The previous record home run distance was 429 feet, according to the NCAA. Auburn’s Eduoard Julien did it on June 16, 2019, vs. Mississippi State, and Florida’s Pete Alonso also hit a 429-footer on June 20, 2015, vs. Virginia.

Arkansas defeated Ole Miss 3-2 to force the if necessary game on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET. The winner will face the Oklahoma Sooners in a best-of-three final for the 2022 championship.

Slavens finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk in addition to his solo home run.

Arkansas improved to 46-20 overall. Ole Miss went to 39-23 overall.

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik.


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