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01/07/2011 10:23 PM ET
 (Phot by Ben Southall/ SMP Images)
Canberra 7/1/11 Game 2 - Michael Collins has shown his class with a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the 8th inning to level the series 1-1 against the Brisbane Bandits at 'The Fort".

Collins sent the ball sailing over the left field fence to outdo the earlier grand slam by the Bandits' Alan Schoenberger that threatened to sink the Cavalry in game two.

The win improves the Cav's home record to 10-4 and keeps their play-off hopes alive.

Schoenburger's grand slam in the 2nd inning had the Cav's bats scrambling for equalisers with Bandit's starting pitcher Drew Naylor allowing only three hits and one run with two strike-outs through four frames.

The momentum began to change with the pitching change in the bottom of the fifth with Seung-Hwa Lee, Nick Kimpton and Donald Lutz bagging RBI's to reduce the Bandit's lead to 5-4.

The Bandits scored again in the 6th and the 8th to make it 7-5 at the bottom of the 8th.

Ian Choy singled to right field before Didi Gregorius' sneaky bunt got him on base in the bottom of the 8th. When Nick Kimpton was walked the bases were loaded and the pressure was showing on League-leading pitcher Chris Mowday.

With the image of last night's home run still fresh in his mind, Mowday attempted to sneak one over the inside of the plate to Collins who wasn't having a bar of it.

The ball sailed high to left field and left all at 'The Fort' with hearts in their mouths as the Bandit's Chad Gabriel moved back to the fence to take the catch. It kept on sailing over the advertising signs however and the Cavalry crowd celebrated the game-winning hit.

Tim Atherton was called in to close out the game on the mound for Cavalry and accepted the challenge, securing the win and tying the series at 1-1 with two to play.

The Cavalry take on the Bandits tomorrow night at 'The Fort' at 7pm.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.