29 home games on tap
Cumberland University's Woody Hunt announced the 2017 baseball schedule earlier this month, which includes 29 home games and 25 contests against teams who played in last year's NAIA Championship Opening Round.
The Phoenix open the season with seven straight games and 10 of the first 11 outings on the road, taking on William Carey and Missouri Baptist in Hattiesburg, Miss., three games at Middle Georgia State, three contests at Lyon College and one outing at Bethel University.
Cumberland opens the home schedule February 14 against Freed-Hardeman at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field and hosts Clarke University in a four-game series the final weekend of the month. The Phoenix take on Tennessee Wesleyan on March 1 and Lourdes University and Indiana Wesleyan visit the corner of Spring and Tarver on March 3-4.
A doubleheader against Talladega College begins a six-game homestand on March 14, with a three-game series against Georgetown College as well as a single contest versus Brescia University on the slate.
The Phoenix have a six-game and a five-game road swing in the month of March, but end the month and start April with the longest homestand of the season - nine games.
The University of the Cumberlands plays in Lebanon on March 31 and April 1 as well as single games against Stillman College, Bethel and Martin Methodist along with a Friday-Saturday-Sunday series versus Georgia Gwinnett.
Cumberland also hosts Bryan College and a three-game series against Shawnee State to end the home slate.
William Carey, Missouri Baptist, Middle Georgia State, Freed-Hardeman, Clarke University, Tennessee Wesleyan, Indiana Wesleyan, Georgia Gwinnett, Lindsey Wilson and Campbellsville University all played in the NAIA Championship Opening Round last season, with Lindsey Wilson and Tennessee Wesleyan advancing to the Avista-NAIA World Series.
CU is coming off an up and down 32-27 campaign in 2016 -- and an 11-10 record in the Mid-South Conference.
The Phoenix ended the season by dropping two straight games in the MSC Championships in Bowling Green.
Coach Hunt begins his 36th season as head coach of the CU program. He has amassed a record of 1,503 - 656 and his teams have won Avista-NAIA World Series titles in 2004, 2010 and 2014.