McMurry record-setter’s home run streak ends at seven games
McMurry all-American third baseman Derek David -- fresh off breaking a 10-year-old Division III record last weekend by hitting a home run in seven consecutive games -- came up short yesterday in a bid to tie the NCAA all-divisions mark.
David had five plate appearances in a 7-4 loss to Wayland Baptist in his bid to match the eight-game streaks of Division I players Andy Bruce of Georgia Tech in 1991 and Ryan Jackson of Duke in 1994. He collected a third-inning single in the contest -- his 12th straight game with a hit -- then singled again in the seventh inning but struck out in the eighth with McMurry trailing by three runs and teammates at first and second.
Last Saturday, David surpassed Eric Heise’s six-game streak of homers for Ohio Wesleyan in March 1998, capping the feat with a three-homer outbreak in the second game of a doubleheader at Concordia (Texas).
The senior’s streak began March 25 with a home run at Trinity (Texas). Last week, he hit home runs in each of McMurry’s three American Southwest Conference home games against Schreiner, then continued the run last Friday night and in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Concordia before his outburst in the series finale.
He also matched a 10-year-old mark in Division II, where Central Missouri’s Ben Slemmer hit home runs in seven straight games in April 1998.
David’s three-home-run game also boosted him past the conference mark for home runs in a season. David, who was looking for his 20th homer of the season yesterday, broke the four-year-old league mark of 17 homers held by current McMurry assistant coach Josh Lee.
“Derek is one of the best pure hitters we’ve had in our program,” said coach Lee Driggers after the Concordia series. “He has the ability to make adjustments and not let his last at-bat affect him.
Good as David has been this year, he still has a tall hill to climb to surpass a McMurry teammate as the team’s and conference’s career home runs record-holder. First baseman Brent Voorhees, who typically bats cleanup behind David in the lineup, has 45 career round-trippers -- 11 more than David’s 34. He has 10 home runs this season.
McMurry has seven scheduled regular-season games remaining this season.
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