LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland baseball coach Woody Hunt announced the program’s 2020 schedule this week, which includes 32 home games at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium along with 20 contests against teams that played in last year’s NAIA Championship Opening Round.
The Phoenix begin the 2020 campaign with four games in Shreveport, La., on February 7-8, taking on LSU-Shreveport. CU opens up at home the weekend of February 14-16 against Madonna and Oklahoma City. This marks the start of a eight-game home stand including two weeked double headers against St. francis on February 21-22.
The Phoenix will go on the road for one game against Freed-Hardeman, who made a run to the NAIA World Series a year ago, on February 24 before coming back home for another seven-game home stand. Indiana Southeast, Indiana Wesleyan, and IU-Kokoma will all make trips to Lebanon from February 25th-March 3rd.
Cumberland will open up Mid-South conference play the following weekend on the road at Shawnee State in Portsmouth, Ohio before a very tough six game stretch. The Phoenix will take on Bryan on March 10th and make a trip to Athens, Tennessee on the 11th to face defending National Champions Tennessee Wesleyan. Cumberland will follow that with a conference weekend against Gerorgetown March 13-14 before coming home to face Freed-Hardeman on the following Monday. All teams over this stretch made it to the NAIA Championship opening round last season.
The squad will travel to Waleski, Georgia for one game on Tuesday March 17th to face Reinhardt University and will come back home for conference action against Lindsey Wilson on March 20-21. CU will stay at home for a mid-week game versus future Mid-South Conference opponent Martin Methodist on March 24th and travel to Indiana-Southeast on the 25th.
The Phoenix will play six of their next 10 contests on the road beginning with a three game skid with Pikeville at home and heads to Bryan College on March 31st and to Martin Methodist on April 1st. Cumberland will go up north for a three game conference weekend against MSC newcomer Thomas More and will be back at home for a single game against in-state rival Bethel on April 6th. They round out the 10 game stretch by traveling to Owensboro, Kentucky to face Brescia on April 7th.
Cumberland will have one more home-stand starting against Tennessee Wesleyan on April 8th and then host Campbellsville at home for three games on April 10-11. Reinhardt will come to town for one game on April 14th and Harris-Stowe will travel down to Lebanon from St. Louis on April 15th.
CU will round out their regular season schedule with a three-game conference weekend at the University of the Cumberlands April 17-18 and travel to Bethel for a mid-week game one April 20th. The final game of the season is slated for Brescia on April 21st before the Phoenix go into the Mid-South Conference Tournament.
The Mid-South Conference is transitioning back to the format from a few years ago for its conference tournament in 2020, with the weekend of April 24-26 set for the best 2-of-3 series among the eight teams in the league. The four remaining teams will play a double elimination tournament in Bowling Green, Ky., on April 30-May 3.
The NAIA Championship Opening Round is set for May 11-15 and the 64th Annual NAIA World Series takes place May 22-29 in Lewiston, Idaho.
Campbellsville, Georgetown, Tennessee Wesleyan, Indiana Southeast, Freed-Hardeman, Madonna, Bryan College and the University of the Cumberlands all played in the NAIA Championship Opening Round last season. Freed-Hardeman and Tennessee Wesleyan each advanced to the NAIA World Series in 2019, with Wesleyan winning the title.