Anxious for warmer weather next week in sunny Florida, Cumberland University’s baseball team first has a little business to attend to here at home.
The No. 10-ranked Bulldogs will open a three-game Mid-South Conference series Friday against Shawnee State (OH).
Friday’s doubleheader is scheduled for a 2 p.m. first pitch at Stockton Field. Live radio coverage will begin at 1:40 p.m. on WCOR AM-1490 and around the world on the Internet at www.gocumberlandathletics.com.
Saturday’s doubleheader will start at 11 a.m. in order to allow the team to leave a little sooner for Daytona Beach -- where they will play four games in three days at Embry-Riddle.
On Monday, March 10, CU will square off against No. 25-ranked Ave Maria. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs will take on No. 3-ranked Embry-Riddle in a 3:30 p.m. doubleheader. Wednesday’s game is scheduled to be 9 a.m. contest vs. Clarke College.
Cumberland sweeps MCU
LEBANON -- Cumberland improved to 13-5 on the season following a doubleheader sweep of Mid-Continent University Wednesday at Stockton Field.
Junior Marc Monroe (1-0) tossed five innings in his Cumberland debut as the Bulldogs won the opener by a 10-0 score. Monroe redshirted last season after sustaining a serious head injury in a fall over the Christmas break.
The righthander from Bradenton, FL did not walk a batter, struck out two and allowed five hits in five innings, tossing just 55 pitches. Drew Chester and Andrew Woodfin each worked one inning of relief, striking out one apiece.
The Bulldogs took advantage of nine walks in the opener and plated six unearned runs thanks to two MCU errors, four of those in the fourth inning.
Richie Seaton singled home a run and another scored on a sacrifice fly by Josciel Veras, but two runners came across on free passes and another scored on an error in a five-run first inning.
In the nightcap, Jake Collier allowed just two hits in seven innings as CU recorded a 4-0 victory. Collier (1-2) walked two and struck out five in his second consecutive solid outing.
The Cougars had just four baserunners in the entire game and none made it past first base.
Sam Lind and Will Henderson each slugged solo homers to pace the Cumberland offense.
Lind’s homer, his second of the season, came with two outs in the bottom of the first inning.
Henderson led off the third inning with a homer to left, just the second of his career.