Weekend series has been altered
Cumberland's weekend baseball schedule has been altered because of forecasted frigid temperatures on Saturday and Sunday.
The Phoenix and Madonna University will now play a doubleheader Friday, Feb. 12 at Noon and a single game Saturday, also at Noon, at Stockton Field.
Forecasts call for temperatures in the upper 20's with a brisk north wind on Saturday and the low 40's and cloudy on Sunday. Friday's weather shows upper 40's and partly sunny.
Cumberland won 2-of-3 games last weekend at Point University to open the season, while Madonna will play its first contests of the year this weekend.
The Phoenix split Saturday's doubleheader losing 3-2 in the opener, then rolling to a 10-2 win in the nightcap.
On Friday, CU rode a solid relief effort from Mt. Juliet sophomore Curt Hoppe to take the series opener 4-3 in 10 innings.
Hoppe tossed four shutout innings of relief for the decision and Nick McGrew drove home Tyler Yorko with the winning run in the top of the tenth.
The righthander struck out seven over four scoreless innings of relief after taking over for starter Mike Melendez. Hoppe scattered two hits and did not walk a batter.
"We had good pitching, considering the limited number of people we could take down there due to injuries and some other situations," said CU head coach Woody Hunt said. "We swung the bat well the last game and showed some signs of being a very competitive club.
"We're trying to feel ourselves out. We found out we've got some depth. Our catching is kind of in limbo, but our guys did a good job behind the plate.
Cumberland will be without the services this season of lefthander Cory Duggan, who went down with an elbow injury. Duggan is a transfer from Douglas College in Canada.
Righty Erik Barron is expected to be available sometime in March after he recovers from an injury. He is a native of San Jose, CA and is a transfer from Gavilan College.
Links for live stats, video and audio may be found at www.GoCumberlandAthletics.com for this weekend's series.