Liam McFadden-Ackman channeled his inner-Fernando Tatis Sr. on Sunday.
McFadden-Ackman, a junior from Mason, Ohio, hit not one, but two grand slams in the first inning and also hit for the cycle in Northern Kentucky University’s baseball 27-4 win over Western Michigan on Sunday. The victory completed a sweep for the Norse as they’ve opened up the season 6-1. It’s the best start to a season for the program since 1990 when the Norse opened up at 12-1.
McFadden-Ackman’s grand slams came before the Broncos (0-6) even recorded an out. These two swings created a buzz around Highland Heights as social media outlets such as Barstool Sports and ESPN posted videos of both home runs.
Mcfadden-Ackman even garnered attention from ESPN and was interviewed after the game about his performance. He finished the game 5-for-6, hitting a double in the second inning, triple in the fourth and finishing the cycle in the sixth inning with a single. The junior had 10 RBI and four runs scored.
Northern Kentucky Baseball remains host for their next game, the Norse welcoming Xavier to make the quick trip across the river for some non-conference baseball on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.
The Tatis Sr. reference comes from when he played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1999, hitting two grand slams in one inning, the only Major League Baseball player to ever do so.