April 25, 2014
NACOGDOCHES - Over the course of Sam Bumpers' impressive hitting streak, he's often recorded the necessary hit in the early goings, but such was not the case on Friday night, as he picked up the elusive single in the eighth, extending his streak to a record-tying 25 games in a 10-2 loss to Stephen F. Austin at Jaycees Field.
Bumpers, a senior out of Bourbonnais, Ill., ended the night 1-for-4 at the plate and tied Erik Kanaby's streak of 25 consecutive games with a hit, which was set over the course of the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
Unfortunately for the Cards (24-17, 10-9 Southland), his hit was one of just six that SFA starter Dillon Mangham would surrender over nine innings of work on Friday night. Among those that would fall victim to the right-hander on the night was Reed Seeley, who saw his own 17-game hitting streak stopped with an 0-for-4 showing.
Jude Vidrine was the sole offensive performer for the LU offense on the night, finishing 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the fifth, his first four-bagger of the season.
LU, which has made its living in the opening inning in recent weeks, was on the receiving end of a five-run first by the Lumberjacks (17-24, 8-11 Southland) as starter Will Hibbs recorded just one out and was pegged for all five scores on four hits and a walk. He dropped to 4-2 on the season.
Brandon Kirkham came on in relief and was solid through the second and third before a two-run fourth and a three-run fifth officially put the game out of reach for the Cards. The junior allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits over 4.1 innings.
The trio of Hunter Perry
, Andrew Beasley
and Brent Janak
combined to allow just one hit over the game's final 3.1 frames.
The Red and White will look to get back on track on Saturday. First pitch at Jaycees Field is scheduled for 2 p.m.