Bulldogs 19th nationally, picked to win TranSouth
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland is ranked 19th nationally in the NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll announced this week. The Bulldogs were also picked to win the TranSouth, receiving five of the eight first-place votes, in a poll of league coaches published in conjunction with the national poll.
Cumberland finished the 2009 season 33-25 overall, advancing to the NAIA Regionals in Hattiesburg, Miss. The Bulldogs won the TranSouth regular season last year with a 15-5 mark and return only three position starters but six pitchers, including three of the top four hurlers, and welcome 36 newcomers to this year’s club.
Cumberland was the only TranSouth team ranked in the Top 25.
Union Univ. received the other three first-place votes in the TranSouth poll. Union just missed a Top 25 ranking, garnering 94 total points to finish 27th.
Trevecca Nazarene and Freed-Hardeman were third and fourth, respectively, in the TranSouth poll, and both clubs received votes in the Top 25. Martin Methodist, Lyon College, Bethel Univ. and Mid-Continent rounded out the TranSouth selections.
2010 TranSouth Baseball Preseason Poll (as voted by the coaches)
No. School POINTS (1st Place Votes)
1. Cumberland Univ. 59 (5)
2. Union Univ. 56 (3)
3. Trevecca Nazarene 53
4. Freed-Hardeman 32
5. Martin Methodist 28
5. Lyon College 28
7. Bethel Univ. 19
8. Mid-Continent 13