CU releases 2010 schedule
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
LEBANON, Tenn. – The Cumberland baseball team will host 28 games at Ernest L. Stockton Field, including a nine-game homestand in March, and three TranSouth Conference series. The Bulldogs open the season at home February 12-14 against Missouri Baptist and Missouri Valley.
Hall of Fame coach Woody Hunt, who enters his 28th season at CU, returns just 13 letterwinners from last season’s 33-25 squad that advanced to the NAIA Regionals in Hattiesburg, Miss. The Bulldogs won the TranSouth regular season championship last season with a 15-5 mark and return three of the club’s top four pitchers, including All-TranSouth performers Shawn Schaefer (6-3, 4.40 ERA, 88.0 IP) and Robert Post (6-4, 2.07 ERA, 78.1P).
Seniors Max Kautz (.417, 6 HR, 29 RBI), Sam Kikla (.349, 11 HR, 52 RBI) and Matt Greener (.344, 4 HR, 29 RBI) are the only returning position starters. Lefthanded hurler Adam Sprague (6-5, 4.33 ERA, 60.1 IP) was also a vital part of last season’s success both as a starter and reliever.
After the opening weekend Cumberland plays at North Alabama before taking on Iowa Wesleyan and St. Francis the following weekend at Ernest L. Stockton Field. The squad then sets out on a seven-game road swing that includes six contests in the Oklahoma City, Okla., area during Spring Break against Oklahoma City Univ., Southern Nazarene, Oklahoma Christian and Oklahoma Baptist.
The Bulldogs return home to face Shawnee State at the end of Spring Break and host Embry-Riddle, coached by former CU players Randy and Chuck Stegall, three games. The club also faces Georgetown College, Davenport Univ. (two games) and Campbellsville Univ. on the nine-game homestand.
Cumberland starts TranSouth Conference action at Union Univ. in Jackson, Tenn., March 26-27. The Bulldogs also play TSAC series on the road against Trevecca Nazarene (April 9-10), Martin Methodist (April 23-24) and Mid-Continent Univ. (May 6-7). CU hosts Bethel Univ. (April 2-3), Freed-Hardeman (April 16-17) and Lyon College (May 1-2) in conference series.
The Bulldogs play home nonconference outings against Lambuth Univ., Lee Univ., Lindsey Wilson and Milligan College as well.
In all Cumberland will face six teams that advanced to last year’s NAIA Regionals, including Oklahoma City Univ., Southern Nazarene, Union Univ., Embry-Riddle, Lee Univ. and Campbellsville Univ., and four squads – Lee, Campbellsville, Embry-Riddle and Oklahoma City – which advanced to the NAIA World Series.
A complete schedule with game times may be found at this link: