March 31, 2014
BEAUMONT – Sam Bumpers had a week to remember and a game for ages this past weekend vs. McNeese State, and the senior shortstop has picked up a number of superlatives for his performance, including Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and Southland Conference Hitter of the Week.
Bumpers, who is now hitting a scorching .548 in Southland Conference games, kicked off this past McNeese State series with one of the best offensive performances in recent NCAA history. In a game that was played on both Friday and Saturday due to inclement weather, the Bourbonnais, Ill., native went a school- and conference-record 7-for-7 at the plate with a school record-tying three home runs. He knocked in five runs in the game, helping the Cardinals snap a five-game skid in Southland play with an 8-7 11-inning victory.
The 17 total bases in a game is one shy of a Southland record and beats the previous Lamar record of 14, which was set by Justin Wise against UALR in 1998.
The senior followed up a game later with another homer, but it went for naught as the Cards fell 8-7 to the Cowboys. On the week, Bumpers hit .700 (14-for-20) with four homers, seven runs and seven RBI.
The Red and White will continue Southland play later this week with its first trip to Abilene Christian since 1973.