Cumberland baseball coach Woody Hunt announced the program’s 2019 schedule this week, which includes 33 home games at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium along with 28 contests against teams that played in last year’s NAIA Championship Opening Round.
The Phoenix will begin the 2019 campaign with four games in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Feb. 8-9, taking on Oklahoma City University along with two games against Mount Mercy University and a single contest versus Southern Nazarene. CU will play at Bryan College on Feb. 13 before opening the home schedule with a four-game series against Taylor University on Feb. 15-16.
Cumberland will play at Tennessee Wesleyan on Feb. 19 and travel to the University of Mobile for a three-game series Feb. 22-23. CU will play host to Bethel University on Feb. 26 and head to Brescia University the following day before beginning a nine-game homestand that spans March 1-13.
Indiana Wesleyan will come to Lebanon for a three-game series March 1-2 and Indiana-South Bend will play a four-game series March 9-10 at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium before two contests versus Baker University on March 12-13.
The Phoenix will begin Mid-South Conference action with three games at the University of Pikeville on March 15-16 and head to Martin Methodist on March 19, part of a stretch of 8 of 9 contests on the road. The only home outing during that stretch is March 20 versus Georgia Gwinnett before a three-game series at Lindsey Wilson on March 22-23 and a single game at Bethel on March 25.
Cumberland will play nine of its next 10 contests at home beginning March 27 versus Tennessee Wesleyan along with a three-game series against Shawnee State on March 29-30. CU will head to Reinhardt University on April 1 before playing host to Georgetown College for a three-game series April 5-6 and single games versus Freed-Hardeman and Brescia on April 9-10, respectively.
The Phoenix will head to Campbellsville University for a three-game series April 12-13 and play at Freed-Hardeman on April 15 along with Georgia Gwinnett on April 17. Bryan College is sandwiched between the two road nonconference outings at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium on April 16 and Cumberland will end the regular season with eight straight home outings.
CU will play host to the University of the Cumberlands for a three-game series on April 19-20 and takes on Martin Methodist (April 23) and Reinhardt (April 24) before ending the regular season with a three-game set versus Kentucky Christian on April 26-27.
Campbellsville, Reinhardt, Tennessee Wesleyan, Georgia Gwinnett, Indiana Wesleyan, Oklahoma City, Mobile, Freed-Hardeman, Taylor, Bryan College and the University of the Cumberlands all played in the NAIA Championship Opening Round last season, with Cumberland facing Taylor and Freed-Hardeman in the Opening Round in Upland, Ind. Freed-Hardeman, Oklahoma City, Georgia Gwinnett and Reinhardt all advanced to the NAIA World Series in 2018.
The Mid-South Conference Championships are set for May 2-5 in Bowling Green, Ky., while the NAIA Championship Opening Round is scheduled for May 13-16 and the 63rd annual Avista-NAIA World Series is set for May 24-31 in Lewiston, Idaho.