Recent Wilson Central High graduate Chase Ford signed scholarship papers Monday, June 25 with Cumberland University. Chase is flaned by CU head coach Woody Hunt and his dad Anthony Ford.
An All-District 9-AAA honoree as a senior, the veteran catcher helped lead the Wildcats to a three-year record of 65-37 and back-to-back 9-AAA tournament titles in 2017 and 2016.
July 5 thru 7 -
Cumberland baseball has added a Hitting Camp for July 5-7 from 9 a.m.-Noon for ages 6-12 at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
Cost is $75 per player for the three-day camp, which emphasizes techniques and philosophies of hitting from Cumberland University head coach and Hall of Famer Woody Hunt.
Baseball, softball, hoops & volleyball --
Dates and information for Cumberland spring and summer sports camps for baseball, softball, volleyball and basketball are now available at cumberlandcamps.com for online sign-up.
Cumberland's baseball game set for Tuesday, March 28 at Martin Methodist has been canceled because of heavy overnight rain in the Pulaski area. No make-up date has been set at this time.
The Phoenix have added a home game for Wednesday against Tennessee Wesleyan at 3 p.m. at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium, a make-up of a March 1 contest that was rained out. That was added Tuesday morning.
Campbellsville series moved up
Cumberland's baseball series this weekend at Campbellsville University has shifted up a day because of snow and rain in the forecast on Saturday.
The Phoenix and Tigers will now play a doubleheader Thursday and a single game Friday at HIG Field.
Thursday's doubleheader begins at 12:30 p.m. Central Time and Friday's single game also starts at 12:30 p.m. CT.
Forecasts call for a 90 percent chance of rain and snow and 31-degree temperatures on Saturday in Campbellsville.
Cid Cozart inks with CU
Watertown High senior Cidney Cozart signed scholarship papers recently to continue his education and baseball career at Lebanon's Cumberland University.
He's joined by his parents Adam and Keri Cozart along with brother Nolan Cozart and grandmother Debbie Thomas.
RHP for the fall of 2017
Lebanon High senior pitcher Daniel Holmes signed scholarship papers Tuesday, Feb. 21 to continue his education and baseball career with hometown Cumberland University.
In 2016 Holmes was named All-District 9-AAA and was voted Most Improved by the team coaches.
Phoenix plays at Middle Georgia
Cumberland's baseball team takes a record of 1-3 into a three-game weekend series at No. 17-ranked Middle Georgia State.
Friday's first pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Stuckey Field in Cochran, GA. Saturday's twin bill starts at 12 Noon.
29 home games on tap
Cumberland University's Woody Hunt announced the 2017 baseball schedule earlier this month, which includes 29 home games and 25 contests against teams who played in last year's NAIA Championship Opening Round.
The Phoenix open the season with seven straight games and 10 of the first 11 outings on the road, taking on William Carey and Missouri Baptist in Hattiesburg, Miss., three games at Middle Georgia State, three contests at Lyon College and one outing at Bethel University.
Creighton's Kevin Connolly to enroll
Coach Woody Hunt's effort to upgrade the roster of his 2017 baseball team continues to gather steam with the commitment of another NCAA Division I transfer. Creighton University outfielder Kevin Connolly (6-1, 180) will join the Phoenix program this fall with three solid seasons under his belt.
"Kevin is a proven Division I hitter, a guy who can give us some production at the top of our lineup," Coach Hunt said.
As a high school senior, Connolly led Creighton Prep in Omaha, NE to the best record in school history (34-4) and a state championship.
Panola infielder Sojka
Cumberland University's baseball program has landed 2016 NJCAA All-American Austin Sojka, a power hitting infielder from Panola Community College (TX). He will enroll in the fall and have two years of eligibility remaining at CU.
A native of Huntington Beach, CA, Sojka played for former CU assistant Todd Shelton at Panola where the Ponies went 38-19 in 2016.
Fundamental camp opens June 13
LEBANON -- Cumberland University's all-day fundamental baseball camp runs from June 13-16 for ages 8-14. The four-day camp lasts from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day and costs $180 per camper. The morning sessions will emphasize the fundamentals in all phases of the game, while the afternoon sessions will include game situations and scrimmages. Lunch will also be provided to each camper.
Cumberland will host a pitching camp for ages 8-14 from 9 a.m. until Noon on June 20-23. The camp emphasizes basic and advanced fundamentals of pitching and costs $100 per camper.
Cumberland ends season 32-27
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - St. Catharine College took advantage of nine walks and Tyler Devine drove in a pair of runs in a 7-4 victory over Cumberland in a "loser-out" game of the Mid-South Conference Baseball Championships Saturday at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Cumberland ended the season at 32-27 with the loss, eliminated in two games in the conference tournament for the second consecutive season.
Tournament bumped up to Thursday
Cumberland senior outfielder Ryan Dickison was voted First Team All-Mid-South Conference and Stephen Fischer, Nick McGrew and Mike Melendez all garnered Second Team honors, as announced by the league office Wednesday in advance of the conference tournament that begins Thursday and Friday with best 2-of-3 series.
Dickison leads the Phoenix in almost every offensive statistical category, batting .339 in 53 contests with 12 doubles, four triples, six home runs, 48 RBIs and 38 runs scored.
Phoenix 12, Campbellsville 1
LEBANON -- Gabe Lares posted three hits and five RBIs, helping Cumberland to a 12-2 victory over 16th-ranked Campbellsville giving head coach Woody Hunt his 1,500th career win Friday afternoon at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
Hunt has served as head coach at Cumberland for 35 seasons. The Danville, Ky., native has recorded 1,439 victories against four-year schools and 61 more in two years as a junior college coach at CU.
Hunt goes for 1,500th career win
One win away from another career milestone, Cumberland's Woody Hunt will lead his squad into the final conference weekend of the regular season Friday against 16th-ranked Campbellsville.
First pitch for Friday's game is set for 2 p.m. at Stockton Field / Woody Hunt Stadium. Live radio coverage begins at 1:45 p.m. on WCOR AM-1490.
Saturday's twinbill is slated for a 12 Noon first pitch with radio coverage on WANT FM-98.9.
Empower Me and the Cumberland University baseball team are partnering for a fund-raiser baseball game called "No Place Like HOME Charity Tournament."
Phoenix to play in Florida Sunday
Cumberland's weekend baseball series with Culver-Stockton has been altered to allow the Phoenix to get on the road early for a spring break road trip to Florida.
The teams are now scheduled to play a Noon doubleheader today (Friday) followed by a Noon single game on Saturday.
Senior outfielder from Brentwood
COLUMBIA, Ky -- Cumberland University outfielder Richard Carter has been named the MSC Baseball Player of the Week.
Carter, a senior out of Brentwood (Ravenwood High), led the Phoenix to a 4-0 week as they beat Brescia (Ky.) at home and they capped off the weekend with a three-game sweep against Lyon (Ark.).
Longtime Lebanon City Council Member Joe Hayes passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. He will be fondly remembered by the community he loved and served.
former Cumberland player, MJCA coach
Cumberland baseball coach Woody Hunt announced the hiring of former CU player Chris Schrock to the full-time staff this week.
Schrock replaces Ryan Hunt, who accepted the position of head coach at Volunteer State Community College last week.
Longtime CU assistant, former player
GALLATIN -- Longtime Cumberland assistant baseball coach Ryan Hunt has accepted the head coaching job at Volunteer State Community College.
Hunt who coached under his father, CU's Hall of Fame coach Woody Hunt, is expected to sign his contract later this week and meet with his new team Sunday.
The VSCC position opened in the fall with some 200 coaches making formal application for the spot.
Cumberland hitting clinic
Cumberland University baseball coach Woody Hunt is offering winter hitting clinics Friday & Saturday, December 18-19 for ages 8-16 at the Benton Jennings Indoor Facility on campus.
Ages 8-12 are invited to a clinic on Friday, Dec. 18 from 6-8:30 p.m. while ages 13-16 can take part on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 9-11:30 a.m.
Cost is $50 per person. For more information please contact Coach Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-547-1366.
JuCo first team All-America OF --
It's safe to say the rebuilding effort has started in earnest at Cumberland University.
Coming off a 20-31 season in 2015, CU's Hall of Fame Coach Woody Hunt is hitting the recruiting trail with a vengeance.
His first big signee for the 2016 season is Jay Feliciano, a power hitting outfielder from Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa.
LEBANON -- Ceremonies were held Thursday morning, April 16 to officially dedicate the Lewis "Big Louie" Payton memorial benches adjacent to Stockton Field - Woody Hunt Stadium on the campus of Lebanon's Cumberland University.
Mr. Payton, a fixture at CU and local sporting events, died in January of 2014.
Wants more "passion & energy"
The prolonged heart-to-heart in leftfield following Wednesday's 9-2 home loss to Bryan College spoke volumes about the state of Cumberland University's baseball program.
Hall of Fame coach Woody Hunt delivered a nearly 45-minute sermon to his troops, calling for, "more passion and energy," as the season winds toward a conclusion.
Cumberland to host Union Tuesday
LEBANON -- Josh Beams doubled twice, drove in a pair of runs and scored twice and Marcus Howard scored three times, as Indiana University Southeast defeated No. 1 Cumberland, 15-9, in a three-plus hour seven-inning game Sunday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
The second game of the doubleheader was called because of poor field conditions and approaching darkness after four complete innings and thus was not an official game. IUS was leading in that contest as well, 7-3.
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.
Bulldogs play Wednesday at TN Wesleyan
Starting the 2015 baseball season 0-3 isn't causing anyone associated with Cumberland University baseball to reach for the panic button. Especially not veteran head coach Woody Hunt.
Coming off an NAIA World Series title in 2014, Hunt knew this year's squad would have some tough sledding, especially early.
CU "kickoff dinner" set Feb. 19 --
In an effort to return a little more offense to the game, all levels of collegiate baseball will utilize a professional model "flat seam" baseball this season. You can mark Cumberland's Woody Hunt squarely on the side of the new innovation.
Since college baseball went to the BBCOR bats back in 2011, offensive numbers have dropped dramatically.
Collier granted retro redshirt season --
LEBANON -- Woody Hunt apparently moved to the top of Santa's "nice" list after leading his Cumberland Bulldogs to the 2014 Avista-NAIA National Championship -- his third as head coach.
The jolly fat man placed a 204-pound package under Hunt's tree earlier this week when the NAIA granted right-handed pitcher Jake Collier an extra year of eligibility.
TUCKERS CROSSROADS -- Stop bullying now.
That was the message heard loud and clear during a rally at Tuckers Crossroads Elementary in Lebanon Aug. 18.
Cumberland University Baseball Coach Woody Hunt served as a guest speaker at the event and encouraged young people to not be a part of this critical issue in schools today.
LEBANON -- Four different Cumberland University baseball camps will take place throughout the month of June into early July. The first option, a hitting camp for ages 6-12 will begin June 9-12 at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
The hitting camp, including a morning session (9 a.m.-noon each day) is for ages 6-9, while the afternoon session (1-4 p.m.) will offer instruction to ages 10-12. The camp emphasizes techniques of hitting. The instructors will use teaching devices to demonstrate proper hitting mechanics. Cost is $95 per camper for each session.
Bulldogs vs. Brewton-Parker
Cumberland's baseball team will play Brewton-Parker in the NAIA Championship Opening Round 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 12 in Kingsport.
Live radio coverage of Cumberland's postseason run can be heard on WCOR AM-1490 beginning a 1:15 p.m from Hunter Wright Stadium. The Barons (32-11) are the No. 2-seed in the Opening Round; Cumberland is the No. 3.
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