LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland softball coach Heather Stanfill announced the team’s 2018 schedule this week, which includes 30 home games and 16 contests against teams that played in last year’s NAIA National Tournament.
The Phoenix open the season February 20 with a doubleheader against Truett-McConnell, beginning a 12-game homestand to start the campaign. CU takes on Indiana Tech for four games on Feb. 23-24 and hosts Tennessee Wesleyan (Feb. 26), Martin Methodist (Feb. 27) and Bethel University (March 1).
Cumberland hits the road for the first part of Spring Break, traveling to Decatur, Ga., to face Agnes Scott on March 2 as well as playing doubleheaders at Edward Waters College (March 5) and Middle Georgia State (March 7). The Phoenix return home for four contests versus Stillman College on March 16-17 before opening Mid-South Conference action the next weekend with four games at Shawnee State (March 23-24).
CU also travels to Freed-Hardeman for a twinbill on March 27 before hosting Campbellsville University for four games on March 29-30, with that series on Thursday and Friday of Easter weekend.
A midweek doubleheader at Martin Methodist on April 3 precedes a four-game series at home against Georgetown College (April 6-7) and a midweek twinbill versus Lindsey Wilson (April 10). Cumberland hits the road for four contests at the University of Pikeville (April 13-14) and two outings at Lindsey Wilson (April 17) before the final home series of the year, taking on the University of the Cumberlands on April 20-21.
The regular season ends with four games at Kentucky Christian on April 27-28 and the Mid-South Conference Championships are set for May 4-6 in Bowling Green, Ky. The NAIA Championship Opening Round takes place May 14-16 and the 38th NAIA Championships are set for May 25-31 in Clermont, Fla.