FAU freshman Caleb Pendleton hits two grand slams in one inning in his college debut

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Caleb Pendleton is now a household name. The Florida Atlantic Owls freshman had a memorable night.

He may never do what he did on Saturday night for the Owls over the No. 24 UCF Knights at FAU Baseball Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. The Owls won 20-15 over the Knights.

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Pendleton hit two home runs in one inning. These were his first two college baseball at-bats.

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He hit both of the home runs to left field.

“Unbelievable, I’ve never seen it,” Head coach John McCormack said of Pendleton’s game. “You’d have to look at some record books. He hit the first one, then it lines up and the guys were talking about it. Bobby Morgensen was sitting next to me and says, ‘this is not gonna happen again,’ and sure enough it happened. And it turns out that we needed (the runs).”

Hitting two grand slams in a game is rare. Whether it is in college baseball or even the MLB level.

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Fernando Tatis was the last MLB player to have two grand slams in an inning. On April 23rd, 1999, Tatis hit the aforementioned two grand slams against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

Before Tatis, only four teams had hit two grand slams in an inning. They were the 1962 Minnesota Twins, 1969 Houston Astros, 1980 Milwaukee Brewers, and the 1986 Baltimore Orioles.

Only 13 MLB players have hit two grand slams in a single game dating back to 1936. These men include Tony Lazzeri, Jim Tabor, Rudy York, Jim Gentile, Tony Cloninger, Jim Northrup, Frank Robinson, Robin Ventura, Chris Hoiles, Tatis, Nomar Garciaparra, Bill Mueller, and Josh Willingham.

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This has not happened since July 27th, 2009 when Willingham hit two grand slams against the Washington Nationals in a 14-6 win.

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