On average, there are roughly two every three years but there’s only been one in the last seven seasons, so we’re overdue. We’re talking about grand slams at the College World Series – arguably the most exciting play in baseball at the highest level of the college game.

Here’s a brief history of the grand salami – 48 in total – at the CWS.

The first College World Series grand slam

That one came in 1950, in the fourth year of the tournament. Texas’ Kal Segrist went deep in the bottom of the third inning against Washington State in the Longhorns’ 12-1 win. Texas won its second consecutive national championship that season.

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The only pinch-hit grand slam (so far)

Five years later came perhaps the most unlikely grand slam in College World Series history. Western Michigan’s Freed Messner hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the top of the eighth (the only pinch-hit grand slam ever in the CWS), but it wasn’t enough as the Broncos fell to Wake Forest 10-7. Messner finished the CWS 1-for-12.

Years with multiple grand slams

On 11 occasions, there have been multiple grand slams in a single College World Series, with a record four grand slams in 1998.

There have been two games in CWS history where both teams have gone yard with the bases loaded and Arizona State was involved in both games. Arizona State and Oral Roberts traded grand slams in the first three innings of their CWS matchup in 1978 and then the Sun Devils and Southern California both hit grand slams in a high-scoring, title-clinching 21-14 victory for the Trojans in 1998.

Coincidentally, USC also beat Arizona State in the finals in 1978. Southern California is the last national champion to hit a grand slam in the CWS.

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Walk-off CWS grand slam

One of the most exciting hits in college baseball history came in 1987, when Stanford right fielder Paul Carey hit the only walk-off grand slam in College World Series history against LSU in the bottom of the 10th inning. Carey stepped to the plate batting .154 (2-for-13 with two singles and one RBI) in the CWS with the Cardinal trailing 5-2, so Stanford needed all four runs in order to win. The Cardinal advanced to win its first-ever national championship over Oklahoma State in the finals.