Phoenix to play in Florida Sunday
Cumberland's weekend baseball series with Culver-Stockton has been altered to allow the Phoenix to get on the road early for a spring break road trip to Florida. The teams are now scheduled to play a Noon doubleheader today (Friday) followed by a Noon single game on Saturday.
Live play-by-play coverage begins 15 minutes prior to the first pitch at gocumberlandathletics.com and on local radio at WCOR AM-1490.
Once Saturday's game ends, the team will hop on a bus for Daytona Beach for games Sunday vs. Bellevue University, Monday vs. Embry-Riddle and Tuesday against Keiser University.
While in Florida, the Phoenix will have the opportunity to tour the Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training facility headquartered in Bradenton.
CU Coach Woody Hunt once managed a rookie league team in the Pirates organization and has maintained a solid relationship with club.
The Phoenix enters today's twinbill 11-6 on the season after splitting a pair of games Tuesday at Talladega College in Alabama.
Talladega College scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to win the opener 7-6, but Kyle Allen drove in a pair of runs and Hector Viera posted two hits and two runs scored in a 5-4 victory in the nightcap.
Ryan Simmons and Ryan Dickison each drove in runs for the Phoenix while Sam Eichler tossed four-plus innings to get the win in his Cumberland debut.
The lefthander allowed three earned runs on seven hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
Caleb Pitts and Sean Cruz worked the final three shutout frames, with Cruz picking up the save by getting four outs.
He walked one and struck out two for his second save of the year, picking off a runner to end the sixth after entering the contest and stranding the tying run at second in the seventh.
Cumberland will be back at Stockton Field next weekend as Mid-South Conference rival Pikeville comes to Lebanon for a three-game series.
CU's softball team is not scheduled to play next week during Spring Break. The Phoenix slipped to 1-9 on the season following a home doubleheader loss to Freed-Hardeman Monday.
The Lions won the opener 9-3, then took the nightcap 9-2.