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BASEBALL -- CU to welcome four transfers

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Josh Croft

Roster make-over continues --
The roster make-over is continuing for the Cumberland baseball program as Hall of Fame coach Woody Hunt has signed a pair of standout infielders, an outfielder and a left-hander pitcher for the 2016 season.

Expected to enroll this fall is power hitting first baseman Mitch Langer from Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. Langer hit .408 last season en route to being named All-Region.

A right-hander hitter, he clubbed eight homers and drove in a team-high 51 runs. Langer, 6-4, 235 pounds, and accounted for 11 doubles.

Josh Croft from San Jacinto Community College in Texas is a left-handed hitter who can play second or third base. Croft hit .348 last season with 23 RBI, eight doubles and scored 25 runs as San Jacinto went 41-22 in 2015.

Outfielder Gabe Lares will enroll this fall as a transfer from West Valley Community College in Saratoga, California. Lares hit .370 in 2015 for the Vikings with 21 runs batted in, six doubles and three triples.

Lares finished the season with 30 walks and only 23 strikeouts -- helping him achieve an on base percentage of .497. He stole 11 bases. A Redwood City, CA native, Lares was named to the ABCA/Rawlings Pacific Association All-Region team.

Left-hander pitcher Cory Duggan from Douglas College in British Columbia, Canada is expected to add depth to the Cumberland pitching staff.

Duggan, 5-11, 170 pounds, had a 1.23 earned run average in 2015 with 49 strikeouts in 40 innings of work.

His won-loss record was only 2-3 as a starter, but he was involved in three no-decisions. His pitching coach at Douglas was former CU standout Shawn Schaefer, who spoke highly of his potential at the NAIA level.

The Bulldogs went 20-31 in 2015 and ended the season in the Mid-South Conference championship tournament.

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