The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
The College of San Mateo softball team has done nothing but pulverize Coast Conference and Northern California teams for the last several years. This season is no exception, as the Bulldogs, seeded No. 1 in Northern California and No. 3 in the state, have outscored opponents in the month of March 97-4 following Tuesday’s 19-1 shellacking of Chabot.
As is usually the case, the long ball is a major part of the Bulldogs’ offensive repertoire as they have hit 19 dingers in the month of March, following four more blasts Tuesday.
But catcher-outfielder Amanda Ubois-Weitenhagen joined a select group of athletes after having hit grand slams in back-to-back at-bats last week. There have been 13 Major League Baseball players to hit two grand slams in one game, but there only two players who have homered in consecutive plate appearances — Baltimore’s Jim Gentile, a Sacred Heart Cathedral graduate, hit grand slams in both the first and second innings of a 13-5 win over the Minnesota Twins in 1961, while in 1999 St. Louis’ Fernando Tatis hit two grannies in one inning.
Ubois-Weitenhagen’s feat may be even more rare. Not only did she hit grand slams in consecutive at-bats, they came in consecutive games, two days apart. Ubois-Weitenhagen wrapped an 8-0 win over Foothill March 7 with a four-run, four-bagger in the top of the fifth inning to cap an 8-0 CSM win. Two days later, she swatted a four-run bomb in the bottom of the first inning of a 10-0 victory over Siskiyous.