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CU's MSC opening series shifted

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Curt Hoppe

Sunday, Monday in Kentucky --
Weather concerns continue to hamper Cumberland's baseball schedule as this weekend's Mid-South Conference opening series at the University of the Cumberlands has been altered.

The original plan called for a standard Friday-Saturday slate with a single game on Friday followed by a doubleheader on Saturday in Williamsburg, Ky.

Bowing to a wet forecast, the series has been pushed back to Sunday and Monday in order to get all three contests in. The Bulldogs and Patriots will play a single game on Sunday at 2 p.m. Central Time and a doubleheader Monday beginning at 11 a.m. CT at Doyle Buhl Stadium and James Keelty Field on the UC campus in Williamsburg, Ky.

Also, Cumberland's originally scheduled game on Monday at home against Georgia Gwinnett has been canceled and no makeup date has been set at this time.

"They want to play as badly as we do. All we can do is be flexible and be ready to go when we get there."

Cumberland stands 4-14 on the season following a spring break trip to Oklahoma.

CU 9, Bacone, Okla. 1
MUSKOGEE, OK -- Freshman Curt Hoppe allowed just three hits and struck out 11 in a complete game and Justin Byrd, Phil Stiles and Ryan Dickison each drove in two runs, leading Cumberland to a 9-1 second game victory and a split of doubleheader Wednesday at Bacone College.

Hoppe (1-1), a right-hander from Mt. Juliet High, made his first start of the season and took advantage of the opportunity, giving up only one run while walking just two in seven innings.

The Bulldogs scored four runs in the second inning to give the righthander some breathing room and added four more runs in the sixth.

Hoppe retired the first 11 batters of the game before a two-out single and walk for the Warriors in the fourth.

He got the next five hitters out and gave up a walk in the sixth but erased Tanner Vernon with a 6-3 doubleplay to end the inning.

Cumberland pounded out 13 hits in the win, including three from Richard Carter and two apiece by Byrd, Stiles and Conor Dishman.

Carter also scored three times in the contest and Eddie McDaniels scored twice.

Bacone's John Luc Tourville (1-2) took the loss, giving up eight runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings.

Bacone, Okla. 7, CU 6
Cumberland scored three times in the fifth and once in the sixth to take a one-run lead in the opening game of Wednesday's twinbill, including home runs from and Stiles, but the Warriors (7-12) scored twice in the seventh for a 7-6 victory.

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