Freshman catcher Caleb Pendleton had quite a debut in Florida Atlantic's win over UCF Saturday night.
Two grand slams in his first two plate appearances — both in the same inning.
The Owls were down 2-1 in the second inning when Pendleton hit a grand slam to left field to give his team the lead. Fifteen minutes later, Pendleton was at the plate once more with bases loaded, and hit another home run to cap off a 12-run second innings. Florida Atlantic went on to win the game 20-15.
Pendleton said he was trying to get the ball in play in his first at-bat, but when he saw teammate Steven Loden get hit by the pitch to load the bases for his second at-bat, he knew he had a chance to hit another one out.
"I wasn't trying to think it because I wasn't trying to hit a homer or do anything special," Pendleton said. "As soon as I hit it, I knew."
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FAU head coach John McCormack said Pendleton's performance was "unbelievable."
Pendleton flew out twice and struck out in his final three at-bats.
The catcher went to high school at Jensen Beach (Florida) High, over 65 miles north of where FAU is located at Boca Raton, Florida. He was ranked the No. 13 catcher nationally and No. 150 overall as a recruit according to Perfect Game.
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