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CU baseball opens weekend series

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Better bring a blanket --
Weather permitting, Cumberland University will open the home baseball schedule today as No. 9-ranked Missouri Baptist visits Ernest L. Stockton Field for a three game series.

Today's first pitch is set for 2 p.m. followed by a 12 Noon doubleheader on Saturday.

Fans are advised to visit gocumberlandathletics.com updates on the series with the impending cold weather scheduled for the area.

If the weather holds, the defending NAIA national champions will hold "poster day" Saturday.

Commemorative posters, designed by Cumberland's John Essary and featuring player and celebration photos from last season's national championship, will be distributed free of charge.

At approximately 10:45 a.m. Saturday, all gates Stockton Field will close and the stadium will be emptied.

Fans will be limited to one poster per person and posters will only be distributed at the main gate to the stadium.

TN Wesleyan 13, Cumberland 7
ATHENS -- Third baseman Ridge Hoopi-Haslam tripled, homered and drove in four runs as 23rd-ranked Tennessee Wesleyan rallied from an early deficit and recorded a 13-7 victory over No. 1 Cumberland Wednesday afternoon.

The Bulldogs (0-4) took a 6-2 advantage with five runs in the top of the fifth, including a bases-clearing double from Hector Viera, but Wesleyan regained the lead in the bottom of the inning thanks to three CU errors.

Hoopi-Haslam's three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth was the final blow.

Viera finished with a pair of doubles as he and Justin Byrd both scored twice for Cumberland, which managed just seven hits in the game compared to 10 for TWC (3-4).

Stephen Fischer (0-1) suffered the loss for CU, allowing three earned runs on seven hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out two.

Tim Kiene added three hits and three RBIs for Wesleyan while Cody Albright (1-0) worked six innings to get the victory, giving up six runs on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

Three Wesleyan relievers did not allow a hit and struck out four to finish the game.

Cumberland is scheduled to play at Bethel College in McKenzie Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Season tickets on sale
Season tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Cumberland baseball season, with the Bulldogs playing 29 home games beginning Feb. 13 versus Missouri Baptist at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.

Cost of season tickets is $50 per seat and the home schedule features games against seven teams ranked or receiving votes in NAIA Preseason Top 25.

Overall, CU will face 11 teams that are ranked or receiving votes in the preseason poll and three clubs that participated in the 2014 Avista-NAIA World Series.

To purchase season tickets, contact Coach Hunt at 615-547-1366 or email him at whunt@cumberland.edu.

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