CU sweeps MBC for series berth
KINGSPORT -- Cumberland will be making a 12th trip to the AVISTA-NAIA World Series after defeating No. 7-ranked Missouri Baptist 6-3 Thursday afternoon at Hunter Wright Stadium.
Coach Woody Hunt's team, national champions in 2004 and 2010, enters the 10-team field in Lewiston, ID with a record of 43-19. Play will begin at Harris Field on the campus of Lewis-Clark State Friday, May 23.
Cumberland, ranked No. 23 in the NAIA, battled back through the loser's bracket with an 8-1 win over Bryan College Wednesday morning, then pulled off a 6-4 victory over Missouri Baptist later Wednesday to force Thursday's "if necessary" game.
Jake Collier pitched the final two innings of the championship game in relief of starter Kevin T. Greene, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth.
Greene (4-4) had not pitched since April due to breaking a bone in his left (throwing) wrist. He went seven innings, scattered five hits, allowed two earned runs with six strikeouts and a walk.
"I'm so proud of our pitching staff," said CU Coach Woody Hunt. "We didn't know how today would go, we were hoping to get two or three innings out of Kevin. He gave us seven strong innings and just got a little tired there at the end."
"This is an unbelievable team," Hunt said, "not taking anything away from any of our other teams, but this is the greatest bunch I've ever coached. They're absolutely worn out right now, they never quit.
Senior Richie Seaton finished 2-for-4 with three RBI. Brady North clubbed a three-run homer (11th) in the fifth inning.