LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland baseball will play the University of Pikeville at 3 p.m. CT on Thursday in the first round of the Mid-South Conference Championships at Bowling Green Ballpark in Bowling Green, Ky., as announced by the league office Sunday.
The Phoenix earned the No. 3 seed in the seven-team tournament thanks to a weekend sweep at Shawnee State. Cumberland enters the tournament 32-17 overall, 10-7 in Mid-South Conference action.
The Phoenix won 2-of-3 against Pikeville at home in the first league games of the season on March 17-18, posting 11-5 and 6-4 victories in Saturday’s doubleheader. The Bears won the series finale, 9-4.
Jared Schmidt, Rayden Sierra and Mykel Gordon all homered in the first game and Gordon added a two-run homer in the second contest in the doubleheader sweep. Sierra and Gordon each hit two-run shots and Schmidt added a solo homer in the first game, as the Phoenix scored in 6-of-8 innings. Gordon’s two-run home run capped a four-run third inning in the second contest, putting CU ahead for good.
This marks the first Mid-South Conference Tournament with all league teams in one city in three years. Teams have played best 2-of-3 series the last two seasons, with the winners of those series advancing to Bowling Green for a four-team tournament. Cumberland has won six MSC Tournament titles, claiming 5-of-6 from 1997-02 and again in 2014 on its way to the program’s third national championship.