Long-time head coach Woody Hunt announced Cumberland’s 2014 baseball schedule this week, which includes 30 home games and 19 contests against teams who participated in last year’s NAIA Championship Opening Round.
The Bulldogs will open the 2014 campaign with four games in Montgomery, Ala., facing Auburn Montgomery in a doubleheader on Feb. 7 and single games against Missouri Baptist and defending national champion Faulkner on Feb. 8. CU will begin the home schedule on Feb. 11 against long-time opponent Union University at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
The squad will play nine of the next 11 outings at home, with three contests each against Taylor and West Virginia Tech and a doubleheader versus Freed-Hardeman, before beginning Mid-South Conference action at Georgetown College on Feb. 28 and March 1.
As usual, March is chalk full of contests for the club, with Cumberland playing 26 games in 31 days, including 15 away from home. The Bulldogs will play three-game home conference series versus Shawnee State and Campbellsville and travel to Lindsey Wilson and St. Catharine for league series on the road.
CU will take on Ave Maria, Embry-Riddle and Clarke on a spring break trip to Daytona Beach and Embry-Riddle and Oklahoma Wesleyan will come to Lebanon the following week for contests. The club will also play Tennessee Wesleyan, the 2012 NAIA champion, in the first of a home-and-home series during the month.
Cumberland will close the regular season with 12 home games in the last 15 outings, including home series against the University of the Cumberlands, Pikeville and Rio Grande, and single contests versus Bethel, Tennessee Wesleyan and Georgia Gwinnett.
Faulkner, Tennessee Wesleyan, Embry-Riddle, Georgetown, Lindsey Wilson, Missouri Baptist and Ave Maria all were part of the NAIA Championship Opening Round in 2013, with Embry-Riddle, Missouri Baptist and Faulkner advancing to the NAIA World Series.
The Mid-South Conference Championships will take place May 4-8 and be split between Lindsey Wilson and Campbellsville University in Kentucky, campuses that sit just 20 miles apart. The NAIA Championship Opening Round will take place May 12-15 and the 58th annual Avista NAIA World Series will be May 23-30 in Lewiston, Idaho.