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Florida’s Jac Caglianone ties NCAA record with home run in ninth straight game

Florida’s Jac Caglianone is currently one of the top prospects ahead of the 2024 MLB draft. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

Florida junior pitcher and first baseman Jac Caglianone tied an NCAA record Friday night after homering for a ninth straight game.

Caglianone hit his 23rd blast of the season for the Gators (19-9) in the top of the sixth inning during their 5-2 loss to Vanderbilt (29-10).

Caglianone’s 400-foot blast tied the NCAA record set by Nevada’s Tyler Bosetti, who homered in nine consecutive games in 2021.

That home run also extended Caglianone’s on-base streak to 24 games and his hitting streak to 17 games.

“It’s something we’ve honestly never seen before,” Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “And we’ve had some really good hitters over the last 16 or 17 years.”

Caglianone, a product of Tampa’s Plant High School that also produced Wade Boggs, Pete Alonso and Kyle Tucker, is now one home run behind Georgia first baseman Charlie Condon for the NCAA lead.

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During the 2023 season, Caglianone, a preseason first-team All-American, set a school record with 33 home runs.

Caglianone, who is ranked No. 5 among MLB.com’s top 2024 draft prospects, can break the NCAA record on Saturday when the Gators close their series against the 13th-ranked Commodores.

It’s not just on the plate where Caglianone impresses. As a pitcher, the 21-year-old has a 4-0 record this season with 49 strikeouts in 39.1 innings.

While he tries to set back-to-back NCAA games with a home run record, Caglianone will also try to make it happen on the mound as he is the expected starter for the Gators on Saturday.

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