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Cumberland baseball has canceled its weekend series against Judson [IL] University due to continued inclement weather in the middle Tennessee area.

The Bulldogs and Eagles were scheduled to play a four-game series at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium, with doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.

The forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of precipitation on Friday with snow in the evening hours followed by a 100 percent chance of rain on Saturday and a 70 percent chance of rain on Sunday.

Cumberland is scheduled to play at home Tuesday, Feb. 24 against Freed-Hardeman at 2 p.m. -- weather permitting.

TUESDAY, FEB. 17 -- Cumberland's baseball game scheduled Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 17 at Bethel University in McKenzie has been canceled due to snow and ice covering the entire state of Tennessee. No makeup date has been set at this time. Also, the CU junior varsity contest scheduled for Wednesday has also been canceled.

Head coach Woody Hunt will make a decision later in the week regarding this weekend's series against Judson University. The forecast for the rest of the week is not encouraging, with a mix of rain and snow expected on Friday and a decent chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday before more rain and snow mix.

The Bulldogs are scheduled to host Freed-Hardeman Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Stockton Field, then head to Georgia Gwinnett Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Bulldogs start season 0-7 --
LEBANON -- Cumberland committed three errors, leading to six unearned runs in the last two innings of the opener, and Brent Zimmerman went 4-for-4 with four runs and three RBIs in the second game, as No. 9 Missouri Baptist swept a doubleheader from the Bulldogs 13-5 and 7-3 Saturday, Feb. 14 at Stockton Field.

Cumberland dropped to 0-7 overall while the Spartans improved to 9-0 after sweeping the three-game series and defeating the Bulldogs four times in the last nine days.

Cumberland led 5-0 through three innings and 5-4 headed to the sixth in the opener before three walks and a misplayed sacrifice bunt led to five MBU runs. Two errors and four hits allowed the Spartans to tack on four more runs in the seventh and run away with the 13-5 win.

Zimmerman, Orlando Oliveira, Austyn Nagamine and Aaron Collazo each drove in two runs for Missouri Baptist and Jeff Smith, Aaron Pangilian and Brian Poupore all scored twice. MBU started Brandon Zywicki was roughed up for four runs on four hits in 1.2 innings, but reliever Randy Wynne (3-0) tossed the final 5.1 frames, giving up one unearned run on one hit with five strikeouts. Wynne retired the final 13 Cumberland hitters.

Stevie Smith gave up four runs on three hits in five innings with four walks and 10 strikeouts. Cameron Lenz (0-1) took the loss, allowing two unearned runs without getting an out.

Zimmerman drove in a pair of runs in a three-run fourth inning in the second game and the Spartans scored twice in the third on an error as well in the 7-3 victory. Timothy Cusick had a pair of RBIs in the game as well.

Michael Yarbrough (3-0) got the win for MBU, allowing three runs on seven hits in five innings. CU started Clint Meadows last just two-thirds of an inning and reliever Curtis Hoppe (0-1) suffered the loss, giving up five runs on three hits with five walks and three strikeouts.

The Bulldogs started quickly in the first game, scoring twice in each of the first two innings and another run in the third.

Hector Viera walked with one out and Ryan Dickison singled with two outs before an RBI single to right by Tyler Alford. Dickison scored on a fielding error by MBU for a 2-0 edge.

In the second Richard Carter led off with a single and Orlando Collado moved the runner to second with a sacrifice bunt. Justin Byrd then tripled to rightcenter, plating Carter, and came across on Viera's groundout for a 4-0 advantage.

Alford reached on an error to start the third inning and pinch-runner Zach Cole scored on a two-out single to left by Carter for a 5-0 CU lead.

Missouri Baptist cut into the lead with three runs in the fourth, as Smith drew a leadoff walk and Zimmerman followed with a single to left. Oliveira also singled, loading the bases, and a walk to Eli Roundtree forced in a run.

A wild pitch from Smith allowed another run to score and Poupore's groundout plated the final run of the frame.

In the fifth Smith walked with one out, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Oliveira's single to left, making it 5-4 Bulldogs.

The floodgates opened in the sixth inning, with the Spartans scoring five times on just two hits.

Pangilian walked against Lenz, who then booted a sac bunt attempt by Poupore. Nick Ford came on for Cumberland and walked Cusick, loading the bases, and Nagamine followed with an RBI single to right.

Austin Williams then allowed a two-run single from Collazo and Smith walked again, loading the bases. Zimmerman's fielder's choice scored another and Oliveira capped the inning with a sacrifice fly for a 9-5 MBU advantage.

Pangilian reached on a throwing error to begin the seventh inning for the visitors and Poupore singled before an RBI single from Cusick. Nagamine also drove in a run with a single and Zimmerman's sac fly plated the final run of the game.

In the second game Zimmerman doubled with one out in the first inning and went to third on Oliveira's groundout. Roundtree walked and Zimmerman later scored on a wild pitch.

The Bulldogs tied the game in the bottom of the inning, with Byrd leading off with a single, but he was erased on a fielder's choice by Viera, who was then thrown out trying to steal second. Phil Stiles and Dickison both singled with two outs and scored on Alford's single through the left side.

Zimmerman led off the MBU third with a double and moved to third on a balk. Roundtree was intentionally walked with one out and stole second. Poupore also drew a free pass, loading the bases, and one runner scored on Cusick's fielder's choice with the other coming across when the throw got away.

Cumberland got a run back in the bottom of the inning, as Byrd led off with a walk and stole second. He went to third on a groundout by Stiles and scored on Dickison's single to left, cutting the deficit to 3-2.

The Spartans scored three more runs in the fourth, with Collazo walking with one out and stealing second. Smith singled and stole second as well and both runners came across on Zimmerman's third double of the contest. A wild pitch and Oliveira's second sac fly of the day gave MBU a 6-2 lead.

The Bulldogs plated a run in the fifth when Viera and Stiles both singled with two outs, putting runners on the corners, and Viera scored on a balk.

Zimmerman's solo homer to left against a stiff wind in the sixth provided the final margin.

Cumberland is scheduled to host Judson University in a four-game series this weekend. Saturday's doubleheader starts at Noon and Sunday's twinbill begins at 12:30 p.m.

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