Only one college baseball player has ever hit triple-digit home runs in his career — Pete “Inky” Incaviglia. In three seasons, the Oklahoma St. slugger averaged almost one home run every two games. In 1985, his junior season, Incaviglia hit 48 dingers and had a slugging percentage of 1.140 — both still NCAA records.
Here are the career leaders:
College baseball’s career home run leaders:
|1||Pete Incaviglia||Oklahoma St.||1983-1985||213||100||0.47|
|2||Jeff Ledbetter||Florida St.||1979-1982||262||97||0.37|
|3||Todd Greene||Ga. Southern||1990-1993||240||88||0.37|
|5||Frank Fazzini||Florida St.||1983-1985||234||79||0.34|
|7||George Canale||Virginia Tech||1984-1986||180||76||0.42|
In his final season, Incaviglia set the current NCAA record by breaking that of Jeff Ledbetter. Ledbetter, “nicknamed ‘Treetops’ for his blasts over the right field fence,” according to Florida State, set the record for home runs in a game with four in 1982 (the record is now six, set in 1999). His 346 runs batted in still stands as the NCAA career record — 22 more than Incaviglia at second place.
Only two players in the Top 10 have played since the turn of the century, the latest being Florida’s Matt LaPorta, who finished his career in 2007. The other is LSU’s Brad Cresse, who had 78 home runs for the Tigers from 1997-2000, though his most famous hit happens to be a single that won the 2000 College World Series:
It doesn’t look like anyone will be breaking into the Top 10 anytime soon. The list of 25 current players with the most career home runs consists of 16 seniors and nine juniors. Samford’s Austin Edens (senior) leads the way with 50 homers. He would need 23 more this season to tie for 10th place, but Edens hasn’t hit more than 19 in a year during his career. No junior has more than 44 career home runs (Seth Beer, Clemson).