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Collier granted retro redshirt season --
LEBANON -- Woody Hunt apparently moved to the top of Santa's "nice" list after leading his Cumberland Bulldogs to the 2014 Avista-NAIA National Championship -- his third as head coach.

The jolly fat man placed a 204-pound package under Hunt's tree earlier this week when the NAIA granted right-handed pitcher Jake Collier an extra year of eligibility.

Collier, a native of Bellevue, WA, posted a 1.62 ERA last season with a 9-3 won-loss record. The made 19 appearances, 13 starts with three complete games. He struck out 72 batters in 111.1 innings of work.

"Jake had two years of junior college before he came to us," Hunt said, "but we found out he only pitched in one game his sophomore year due to injury."

Upon a request from Cumberland, the NAIA looked at Collier's situation and ruled his sophomore season a redshirt year.

"This is great news," Hunt said, "having another season from Jake gives us a real boost headed into 2015."

Cumberland (49-20 last season) is ranked No. 1 in the 2015 NAIA Baseball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll.

The Bulldogs collected 19-of-20 first-place votes and 560 total points en route to its sixth No. 1 ranking since 2000.

Contact Sports Editor Tommy Bryan -- tbryan@wilsonpost.com

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