LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland baseball coach Woody Hunt announced the team’s 2018 schedule this week, which includes 26 home games and 15 contests against teams that played in last year’s NAIA National Tournament.
The Phoenix begin the season with seven straight road games beginning with a three-game series February 2-3 at Reinhardt University. CU travels to Montgomery, Ala., for two contests against Faulkner University and one outing versus LSU-Alexandria the next weekend.
Cumberland takes on Freed-Hardeman on Feb. 12 before opening the home schedule Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. against Bethel University. That begins a five-game homestand and a stretch of 13 home contests in 14 outings.
The Phoenix host the University of St. Francis [IL] for four games on Feb. 17-18 before heading to Martin Methodist for a single game on Feb. 20. CU starts an eight-game homestand with four contests against Siena Heights University on Feb. 24-25 and faces Bryan College on Feb. 27 before a three-game series versus Indiana Wesleyan on March 2-3.
Cumberland plays four games during Spring Break, two at Texas A&M-Texarkana (March 5, 7) and a doubleheader at LSU-Shreveport on March 6.
CU hosts Tennessee Wesleyan on March 13 and travels to Bethel University the following day before beginning Mid-South Conference play with a three-game series against the University of Pikeville on March 16-17. Cumberland plays a three-game set at Kentucky Christian the next weekend and heads to Brescia University on March 28 before five straight home games to end the month and begin April.
Cumberland takes on Lindsey Wilson for a three-game series on March 30-31 and faces Martin Methodist and Freed-Hardeman on April 3-4. The Phoenix travel to Georgetown College on April 6-7 and Bryan College on April 10 before a three-game home series versus Campbellsville University on April 13-14.
The club ends the season with seven road games in eight contests starting April 17 at Tennessee Wesleyan and April 20-21 at the University of the Cumberlands. Brescia visits Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium for the final home game of the year on April 24 and the Phoenix end the regular season with a three-game series at Shawnee State on April 27-28.
The Mid-South Conference Championships take place May 3-6 in Bowling Green, Ky., while the NAIA Championship Opening Round is set for May 14-17 and the 62nd Annual Avista-NAIA World Series is scheduled for May 25-June 1 in Lewiston, Idaho.