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Late night with Woody Hunt

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CU's Woody Hunt

CU opens World Series vs. San Diego Christian
By nature, Woody Hunt isn’t much of a night owl. But with his Bulldogs making a 12th appearance in the AVISTA-NAIA World Series late tonight, he’ll make an exception.    

Cumberland plays the feature game tonight at 9 p.m. Central Time at Harris Field in Lewiston, ID against San Diego Christian College.  

Cumberland plays the feature game tonight at 9 p.m. Central Time at Harris Field in Lewiston, ID against San Diego Christian College.
    
Live radio coverage can be heard on both WANT FM-98.9 and WCOR AM-1490 beginning at 8:45 p.m. with a pregame show. Live pitch-by-pitch stats will be available online at gocumberlandathletics.com.
    
Known throughout the community as a “coffee fiend”, you can bet the veteran Bulldog coach will be hopped up on caffine around the time the first pitch is thrown.
    
“Yeah, I’ll have a few cups before the game,” Hunt said with a chuckle from the team headquarters at the Red Lion Hotel in downtown Lewiston.
    
“We’ve been busy, most of our activities are pretty well mapped out for us.
    
“This is a beautiful part of the country, and Lewiston loves this tournament. But we’ll leave the Snake River Canyon tours and all the other sight-seeing to the fans.
    
“We’re here to play baseball -- nothing else. I really like our chances. Seedings don’t mean too much once you start playing.”
    
Hunt’s squad comes as the tournament’s No. 10 seed -- packing a record of 44-19 after coming out of the loser’s bracket to win last week’s NAIA Opening Round tournament in Kingsport.
    
The Hawks of SDC are the tournament’s No. 7 seed and stand 42-18 overall.
    
Former Major Leaguer Chris Bando is in his fourth season as head coach at San Diego Christian.
    
His pitching coach is Doug Jones, a five-time all-star reliever with the Cleveland Indians, the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies -- who saved over 300 games in his career.
    
The winner of tonight’s game will advance to play No. 2 seeded Lewis-Clark State (43-7) Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
    
The rest of Friday's opening round schedule includes:
No. 8 seeded Southern Poly (Ga.) vs. No. 9 Tabor (Kan.) at 11 a.m.
No. 4 seeded Faulkner (Ala.) vs. No. 5 Georgetown (Ky.) at 2 p.m.
No. 6 seeded Georgia Gwinnett vs. No. 3 Oklahoma Wesleyan at 5 p.m.

Live video offered
Fans may purchase access to live video streaming for all games during the first five days of the 58th annual Avista-NAIA World Series that begins tonight at Harris Field on the Lewis-Clark State College campus.

Packages for the tournament are $9.95 per game or $29.95 for all of games on May 23-27.
    
Contests on May 28, 29 and 30 are $9.95 per game as well.
    
Sign-up information  for the video stream may be found at www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml.

CU in the World Series
The Bulldogs will play in their 12th Avista-NAIA World Series and first since claiming the program’s second national title in 2010. CU also won a national title in 2004 and finished as the runner-up in 1995 and 2006.

Besides the host school, Lewis-Clark State (32 appearances, 23 times as host school), Cumberland owns more World Series appearances than the other eight schools in the field combined.

Red-hot Chris Hall
Redshirt sophomore Chris Hall (Lebanon, Friendship Christian) leads CU with .416 batting average. He also has 39 walks and has reached 16 times after being hit by a pitch for a team-best .525 on-base percentage.

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