Watch: College Sophomore Makes History, Hits for a 'HR Cycle'


Arkansas softball player Danielle Gibson accomplished a feat Saturday that has never been equaled in her sport.

In her team’s 15-3 win over Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, the Razorbacks sophomore became the first player in NCAA Division I softball history to hit for a rare type of cycle — the home run cycle — according to the Razorbacks’ athletics website.

That means she hit solo, 2-run and 3-run blasts, plus a grand slam, in the same game.

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And amazingly, she did it in four innings.

The infielder hit a 2-run shot in the first, a 3-run blast in the second, a grand slam in the third and a solo homer in the fourth.

How’s that for a stat line? A perfect 4-for-4 with four home runs and 10 runs batted in.

NCAA single-game records aren’t complete prior to 2012, but there don’t appear to be a whole lot of NCAA baseball or softball players who have accomplished this feat, and certainly not in four innings.

Is Gibson's accomplishment the most impressive college sports feat you've ever seen?

It has also never been done in Major League Baseball.

Minor leaguer Tyrone Horne may be the only professional ballplayer to have hit for the home run cycle.

Horne did it for the Double-A Arkansas Travelers on July 27, 1998, against the San Antonio Missions, according to

A slew of major league players have come close, most recently Scooter Gennett of the Cincinnati Reds on June 6, 2017.

Gennett hit four home runs, including a solo homer, a grand slam and a pair of 2-run shots.

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Samantha Posey, the sister of Giants star Buster Posey, hit for the home run cycle in 2011 for Valdosta State. However, she needed both games of a double-header to do it, according to ESPN.

Hitting four home runs in a single contest is exceedingly difficult. Hitting for the home run cycle in one game is even harder.

Congratulations to Gibson on accomplishing a feat that may not be equaled ever again!

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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