Cumberland University's 10th-ranked baseball team opens Mid-South Conference play this weekend with a three-game series at No. 23 Georgetown College.
The Bulldogs and Tigers play a single game at 2 p.m. Friday and a doubleheader Saturday starting at 11 a.m. Live radio coverage of the MSC series is set for for 1:40 pm Friday on WCOR AM-1490. Coverage of Saturday's twin bill will air at 11:40 a.m. -- also on WCOR AM-1490.
The Bulldogs enter the weekend series 9-4 on the season after splitting a doubleheader Tuesday at Stockton field with 25th-ranked Freed-Hardeman -- winning the opener 14-9, then falling in the nightcap 5-1.
Cumberland plated 13 runs on nine hits and the aid of five FHU errors in the first inning of the opener, with the big blow a grand slam from Brady North. CU plated seven runs before the Lions (6-3) recorded an out.
Sam Lind was 4-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored and Chris Hall and Justin Byrd both collected three hits.
Byrd scored three times and Hall, Ricky Coleman and Tyler Anderson each had two runs scored as well.
FHU’s Garrett Ferguson hit a pair of two-run homers in the opener while Cole Veazey posted three hits and three RBIs and Lincoln Lakoff scored three times for the Lions.
Kevin T. Greene (1-1) picked up the victory in the first game, allowing two earned runs on seven hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out two.
FHU's Dan Creighton (1-1) was the story in the second contest, as the lefthander gave up just one run with two walks and three strikeouts. He kept CU off-balance with an excellent breaking ball and worked out of jams in the third, sixth and seventh innings, as the Bulldogs stranded seven baserunners.
Jake Collier (0-2) was tagged with the loss, allowing three earned runs in 6.1 innings of work, walking three and striking out nine while giving up only six hits.
Byrd and catcher Bryan Haney each had two hits in the loss.