FAU freshman goes full Fernando Tatis Sr., hits 2 grand slams in 1 inning in collegiate debut


Only one player in MLB history, Fernando Tatis Sr., has ever hit two grand slams in one inning, so imagine doing that in college in your first two collegiate at-bats?

That is exactly what freshman Caleb Pendleton did on Saturday night.

The Florida Atlantic University catcher achieved the rare feat in his debut against Central Florida during a 12-run second inning.

Pendleton stepped into the box for his first at-bat and smacked a grand slam into left field for his first collegiate hit. FAU batted around and Pendleton was up again with the bases juiced when he smacked another grand slam over the left-center field fence and clearing some palm trees on the way.

“The second one, it didn’t really feel real running around first base,” he said, per The Associated Press. “Nothing I could ever dream of. That’s definitely more than I ever thought would happen preparing for today. I never thought I’d be going up for my third at-bat with two grand slams already. That was pretty cool.”

Pendleton, ranked the No. 3 catcher in the state of Florida as a high school senior, finished the game with two fly outs and a strikeout in a 20-15 victory.

The freshman’s feat was not just the buzz of the game, but also on social media as it went viral among baseball fans on Twitter.

“I’ll have to lay in bed tonight and look at all the [phone] notifications and stuff,” he said.

Tatis, whose son just inked a $340 million deal with the Padres, accomplished his two grand slams in one inning back on April 23, 1999 while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Tatis hit both slams off Chan Ho Park as part of an 11-run third inning in a 12-5 Cardinals victory.

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