The Bulldogs are making their fourth appearance in the Opening Round in five seasons of the tournament format. CU played in Hattiesburg, Miss., in 2009, Joliet, Ill., in 2010 and Paducah, Ky., in 2011 before missing the tournament last season.
Cumberland has a 7-4 record in the Opening Round, defeating Brescia University before losing to Southern Poly and William Carey in 2009, winning contests against Robert Morris and two versus Campbellsville University in 2010, and going 3-2 in Paducah in 2011 with a pair of victories over William Jewell and one against Tennessee Wesleyan but losing twice as well to TWC.
The Bulldogs were ranked 13th for the second straight week in the final regular season edition of the NAIA Coaches Top 25 poll released Sunday.
Cumberland has posted an 8-8 record against teams in the NAIA Championship Opening Round, including Faulkner University (2-1), Georgetown College (2-2), Judson University (0-1), Lee University (1-0), Lindsey Wilson (1-1), Missouri Baptist (1-1) and Tennessee Wesleyan (1-2).
Only seven programs Tennessee Wesleyan, Oklahoma City, LSU Shreveport, Lubbock Christian, Lee University, Indiana Tech and Embry-Riddle have made the field of 45 in each of the five seasons of the current format. Bellevue University, Faulkner University, Jamestown College, Missouri Baptist, Mount Vernon Nazarene and Taylor University are the only programs making their fourth appearance in the Opening Round.
Forty-five teams in nine, five-team brackets will compete for spots in the AVISTA / NAIA World Series later this month -- hosted by Lewis - Clark State in Lewiston, ID.
CU 17, Trevecca 10 --NASHVILLE -- Chris Hall collected five hits, Brodie Ross and Daniel Harrison each posted four and Tyler Anderson drove in four runs, as 13th-ranked Cumberland scored 15 times in the first four innings en route to a 17-10 victory over Trevecca Nazarene Friday, May 3 at Jackson Field.The Bulldogs (39-17-1) picked up Fridays game to keep sharp between last weeks conference tournament and this weeks NAIA Championship Opening Round.
Hall, Ross and Craig Monson all scored three times apiece in the contest, Ross drove in three runs and Monson and Harrison had two RBIs each. The 2-6 hitters in the lineup registered 18 of the teams 21 hits, drove in 12 runs and scored 13 times in the victory.Mitch Rainer (2-2), the third of nine CU hurlers, tossed one perfect inning to pick up the victory. TNU starter Rob Rowland (4-7) took the loss, allowing seven runs on eight hits in the first inning.Cumberland scored four times in the first inning to take an early lead, with Cory Urquhart, Hall and Monson all singling to start the game. Ross single to center plated a run and Anderson was hit with one hit, forcing in another. Richie Seatons infield single drove home a run and Bryan Haney was also hit, forcing in the final run of the inning.The Trojans (28-19) came back with three runs in the bottom of the frame, starting with a leadoff walk to Nick Howell by CU starter Jake Collier. With two outs Hunter Newman also walked before a three-run homer to left from Blake Rogers cut the Bulldog lead to 4-3 after one inning.In the second CU plated six runs to take control of the contest.Hall and Monson started the inning with back-to-back doubles before another single from Ross put runners on the corners. Harrisons double to rightcenter plated a pair of runs before an RBI single from Anderson put the Bulldogs ahead, 7-3.Seaton walked, loading the bases, and Haney drove in a pair of runs with a single through the right side. Josciel Veras and Hall were both hit later in the inning, forcing in one more run, for a 10-3 advantage.In the fourth Hall reached on an infield single with two outs before a throwing error by TNU third baseman Newman allowed Monson to reach. Ross followed with a two-run double to leftcenter before an RBI double to leftcenter by Harrison plated another run. Anderson then belted a two-run homer to left, his second of the season, for a 15-3 lead.Tyler Tichenor and Cameron Boyett led off the bottom of the inning with singles and moved up on a passed ball. Two runners scored later in the inning on balks.In the fifth Urquhart walked with two outs and Hall followed with single on the left side. Monsons single to right pushed the CU advantage to 16-5.The Trojans scored five more runs in the bottom of the inning, four of them unearned.Rogers led off with a solo shot to leftcenter and Corey Crunk reached on an error. Tichenor then singled to left before a one-out dumper into short rightfield by Cade Seeley scored a run. Mark Rayburns double just inside the first base bag plated a run and Jordan Foreman followed with a two-run single to center, cutting the Bulldog lead to 16-10.Veras reached on an error by shortstop Rayburn in the seventh and Hall singled with one out. A failed pickoff attempt at first base got down the line and Veras came around to score on the play for the final run of the game.