LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland opens the 2013 Mid-South Conference Championships on Thursday at 9 a.m. Central Time against Shawnee State at Hunter Wright Stadium in Kingsport, Tenn. Long-time Bulldog head coach Woody Hunt will aim for his 1,400th career victory in the contest.
Hunt enters the game with a 1,399-580-4 overall record in his 32nd season as the head coach at Cumberland. He is the winningest active head coach in the NAIA and one of only eight coaches in NAIA history with more than 1,000 career victories.
The Bulldogs claimed their 20th conference regular season championship under Hunt, finishing 19-2 in the Mid-South. The Bulldogs are 37-15-1 overall this season and ranked 11th in this week’s NAIA Coaches’ Top 25, moving up one spot.
Cumberland swept Shawnee State on the road this season on March 8-9, with Kevin P. Greene providing 6.2 scoreless innings of relief in Friday’s 13-inning victory. Daniel Harrison and Josciel Veras pulled off a double steal to plate the winning run.
Craig Monson collected five hits, Cory Urquhart and Richie Seaton each posted four hits and three RBIs and Anthony Gomez picked up his fifth win of the year with seven solid innings, as Cumberland swept the Saturday doubleheader. Cumberland leads the all-time series against the Bears, 7-0, with the four previous meetings before this season all took place in Lebanon, including a three-game series in 2010 and a single contest in 2011.
Cumberland was previously in the Mid-South Conference before this season and the Bulldogs won the conference tournament five times in six years, posting an 18-3 overall mark. CU won tournament titles in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002, with two of the club’s three losses coming in the 2000 event.
Cumberland won the MSC Tournament three times at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium, once in Corbin, Ky., and once in Jackson, Tenn. Only Campbellsville University, Georgetown College and the University of the Cumberlands remains in the league from teams the Bulldogs played in those events.