Jac Caglianone Ties NCAA Record with Home Runs in 9 Straight Games

Jac Caglianone, a Florida Gators player, ties the NCAA record for most consecutive games with a home run. The two-way star is a top MLB draft prospect with impressive hitting and pitching stats.

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Jac Caglianone Ties NCAA Record with Home Runs in 9 Straight Games

Jac Caglianone Ties NCAA Record with Home Runs in 9 Straight Games

Jac Caglianone, a player of Puerto Rican descent for the Florida Gators, has tied the NCAA record by hitting home runs in 9 consecutive games. The junior pitcher and first baseman blasted his 23rd home run of the season in the top of the sixth inning during a 5-2 loss to Vanderbilt on Friday night, matching the record set by Nevada's Tyler Bosetti in 2021.

Caglianone, a product of Tampa's Plant High School, is now just one home run behind Georgia first baseman Charlie Condon for the NCAA lead this season. During the 2023 season, Caglianone set a school record with 33 home runs. He is ranked No. 5 on MLB.com's top 2024 draft prospects and has a 4-0 record as a pitcher this season with 49 strikeouts in 39.1 innings.

The two-way star has been on an exceptional run over the last month, hitting 13 home runs and batting.460 with 22 RBIs since March 31. On Tuesday, he hit two more opposite-field solo home runs in a 13-3 win over Stetson, marking his 24th and 25th of the season. Caglianone also recently broke the Statcast era record with a 516-foot home run.

Why this matters: Caglianone's record-tying performance highlights his exceptional talent and potential as a top MLB draft prospect. His ability to excel as both a hitter and pitcher makes him a rare and valuable asset in college baseball and beyond.

Despite Caglianone's impressive individual performance, the Gators have struggled as a team this season, with a 20-19 record and 8-10 in the Southeastern Conference. Head coach Kevin O'Sullivan praised Caglianone's feat, saying, "It's something I don't think we've ever seen before." Caglianone will have the opportunity to break the NCAA consecutive games with a home run record on Saturday when the Gators wrap up their series against the 13th-ranked Commodores.

Key Takeaways

  • Jac Caglianone ties NCAA record with 9 consecutive games with a home run.
  • Caglianone has 23 home runs this season, 1 behind the NCAA leader.
  • Caglianone set a school record with 33 home runs in the 2023 season.
  • Caglianone is ranked 5th on MLB.com's top 2024 draft prospects.
  • Despite Caglianone's success, the Florida Gators have struggled with a 20-19 record.