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Hunt gunning for 1,300 wins

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By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Cumberland icon Woody Hunt can reach yet another coaching milestone this weekend as his Bulldog baseball team hosts TranSouth Conference rival Trevecca Nazarene in a three game series.

Hunt, in his 30th year as CU head coach, is sitting on 1,298 wins and can reach the 1,300 plateau with a couple of wins over the Trojans.

“To be honest, I didn’t know that was coming up,” Hunt said Thursday morning, “I’m really more focused on a good Trevecca team and getting our field ready to play.”

Friday's single starts at 2 p.m. as ace Aaron Wilkerson (3-0) is expected to take the hill for the Bulldogs. Saturday's twinbill cranks up at 12 Noon.

Earlier this year Hunt, the NAIA National Coach of the Year in 2010, was honored by the Lebanon / Wilson County Chamber of Commerce with a special “Man of the Year” award. He was also singled out by the Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association with their prestigious “Mr. Baseball” award at their 73rd annual Old Timers banquet.

Cumberland won its second NAIA national championship last June in Lewiston, Idaho, capping a 58-9 campaign with 29 wins in its last 30 games. The Bulldogs swept through the NAIA World Series, defeating Lee University, 4-3, in the championship. 

Hunt picked up his 1,000th career victory March 5, 2005 with a 3-1 win over the Univ. of Alabama-Huntsville.

Cumberland dropped to 14-6 overall Wednesday with a 9-4 loss at 13th-ranked LSU-Shreveport (16-7).

The contest ended an eight-game, seven-day road trip for the Bulldogs, with CU winning the first five outings before dropping the final three.

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