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Gardner-Webb Alum Hits for Elusive Home Run Cycle

Chandler Redmond swings at a baseball during his historic game.
Photos courtesy of PJ Maigi

Chandler Redmond’s Cycle is Only the Second of its Kind in Minor League Baseball History

Courtesy of GWUSports.com

BOILING SPRINGS – The most prolific home run artist in Gardner-Webb history slugged his way into baseball lore Wednesday, Aug. 10. Chandler Redmond, ’19, hit for the elusive home run cycle.

The Middleton, Md., native is playing for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals this season and hit four home runs in four consecutive innings to lead his team to a 21-4 win over the Amarillo Sod Poodles. The home run cycle consists of a solo home run, a two-run home run, a three-run home run and a grand slam.

Redmond’s cycle is only the second of its kind in minor league baseball history. Tyrone Horne, also with the Cardinals’ organization, did so in 1998. No player has ever accomplished the feat in the Major Leagues.

Wednesday night’s power display started with a two-run bomb in the fifth. Redmond followed with a grand slam in the sixth, a solo shot in the seventh and capped the evening with a three-run homer in the eighth. He also had a single and finished the night 5-for-6 with 11 RBI. It was only the second multi-home run game of his professional career.

Redmond is currently batting .242 with 17 home runs this season with the Cards. He was drafted by the St. Louis organization in 2019 as a 32nd-round pick and started his career in Johnson City, Tenn. Redmond has smashed 47 home runs in 223 career games.

At Gardner-Webb, Redmond was named 2019 Big South Conference Player of the Year after ripping a league-best 18 home runs – which established a new single-season mark for the Runnin’ Bulldogs. He finished his career in Boiling Springs with a .267 average, a school-record 50 home runs and 153 RBI. Redmond slugged .554 for his career.

Many of Redmond’s home runs during his time with Gardner-Webb were towering, tape-measure shots to right field and right center. He hit at least 10 home runs in three of his four seasons with the program, and homered in his first career start on February 20, 2016 vs. Delaware State.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder played at Georgetown (Md.) Prep before coming to Gardner-Webb, and was an All-Met selection by the Washington Post (second team). He led the Metro area with 37 RBI and batted .414 as a senior in 2015.

Gardner-Webb University is North Carolina’s recognized leader in private, Christian higher education. A Carnegie-Classified Doctoral/Professional University, GWU is home to six professional schools, 14 academic departments, more than 80 undergraduate and graduate majors, and a world-class faculty. Located on a beautiful 225-acre campus in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb prepares graduates to impact their chosen professions, equips them with the skills to advance the frontiers of knowledge, and inspires them to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others. Ignite your future at Gardner-Webb.edu.

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