1st college game: 1 inning, 2 at-bats, 2 slams

February 21st, 2021

It's your first collegiate plate appearance. The bases are loaded. And you launch a grand slam.

Doesn't get any better than that, right?

For Florida Atlantic University freshman Caleb Pendleton, it actually did when he hit his second grand slam of the game in the very same inning. Two plate appearances, two grand slams, one inning. It's Fernando Tatis Sr. all over again, except this time in an NCAA Division I contest between FAU and the University of Central Florida on Saturday night.

For the uninitiated, Tatis, father of current Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., is the only player in MLB history to smash two grand slams in the same inning, doing so for the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on April 23, 1999. Even more remarkably, both slams came off the same pitcher, Chan Ho Park, as part of an 11-run third inning for St. Louis. Pendleton's pair of slams came as part of a 12-run second for FAU.

Tatis achieved the rarest of feats at the Major League level, but Pendleton has Tatis beat in at least one area -- he did it in his first two college plate appearances. (For the record, Tatis singled and struck out in his first two MLB plate appearances back in 1997.)

As one of the broadcasters on the telecast of the UCF-FAU game said following Pendleton's second slam, "It's all downhill from here" for the freshman catcher from Jensen Beach, Fla.

And downhill it went -- Pendleton flied out in his third at-bat. While his batting average is no longer a perfect 1.000, he's still got quite the slugging percentage after one game: 2.000.

Talk about a debut. They'll be talking about this one in Florida for a long time.