NSU’s Lagreco Wins Southland Home Run Derby

first_img“I heard Dan (Hlad) say, ‘Tails never fails,’ so I called tails,” Lagreco said. With 51 seconds remaining and at seven home runs, Lagreco used his 45-second timeout, and it proved to come at the right time. HOME RUN DERBY VIDEO | PHOTO GALLERYStory by Jason Pugh, NSU AthleticsSUGAR LAND, Texas – Forget elevate and celebrate, J.P. Lagreco took a new line of thought into Tuesday night’s inaugural Southland Conference Home Run Derby. Lagreco won the coin toss, allowing him to hit second and give him a number to beat. “Collapse and crush,” Lagreco said, moments after winning a swing-off against Houston Baptist’s Spencer Halloran to capture the first derby title in conference history.BSB: *NSYNC’s “BYE BYE BYE!”@NSUDemonsBSB’s JP Lagreco does it in bonus round fashion! He is our inaugural Home Run Derby champion. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/1OAJWvcCU1— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 23, 2018 Halloran smacked 10 home runs in his round, and Lagreco matched his pace early. After Southeastern Louisiana’s Trey Morgan failed to match Lagreco’s number, the announcement was made about the replay adjusting Halloran’s score. Following the break, Lagreco homered on four consecutive pitches from assistant coach Chris Bertrand, setting off a wild celebration around home plate. Lagreco left no doubt in the swing-off, getting into a quick groove after his well-timed timeout, which came with assistance from catcher Tyler Thibodeaux, whom Bertrand said was keeping Lagreco abreast of the time on the clock. Lagreco, a third-team All-Southland selection at designated hitter, is fourth on the NSU roster with four home runs, but he proved to be a perfect fit for the home run derby. Hitting sixth, he topped Halloran’s initial total of 19 with seconds to go in his first round. “Everyone who knows me knows (throwing batting practice) is something I enjoy doing, and to do it for real and for J.P. to put on a show like he did, this was a really fun evening no matter what,” Bertrand said.Your @SouthlandSports Home Run Derby champ @JPLagreco (center) with BP pitcher extraordinare @CoachBert and catcher @_tylerthib. #LagrecoLaserShow #ChangeIt pic.twitter.com/k7t8aW2HrV— NSU Baseball (@NSUDemonsBSB) May 23, 2018 Pressed into service after David Fry was unable to compete, Lagreco swatted 20 home runs in his four-minute first round, which put him in the lead after six batters. Prior to the final batter of the event, it was announced a replay decision had given Halloran an extra home run, forcing the two into a two-minute swing-off for the title. “I knew I had to win it for Fry,” Lagreco said.last_img

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