PRIOR TO THURSDAY HOME GAME
Cumberland University will honor the late Stephen Wood and his contributions to the Bulldog baseball program before Thursday’s 1 p.m. twinbill against TranSouth Conference foe Martin Methodist.
Wood passed away April 21 at the age of 44 due to complications from liver cancer. He was a lifelong Midstate resident and Vanderbilt University graduate who helped greatly in the design and construction of the renovated baseball stadium and press box.
Head coach Woody Hunt will recognize Wood’s family prior to Thursday’s doubleheader against Martin Methodist, the last home series of the season for the Bulldogs.
CU and the Redhawks play a single game Friday at 1 p.m., highlighted by Senior Day pregame activities for 18 players -- Clint Alexander, Chuck Belote, Matt Burton, Babich Cowan, Will Curry, Zack Diekmann, Jeremiah McElwain, Chris Fanning, Mark Gividen, Corey Merrill, Eric Mull, James Parker, Blake Simmons, Eric Spivey, Richard Timbrook, Andrew Ward, Kyle West and Jeremy Wilson.
CU loses 2-of-3 at FHU -- Sam Kikla went 5-for-5 with eight RBIs as Cumberland outlasted Freed-Hardeman, 20-16, in eight innings in the opening game of a double-header, but the Lions came back with a 14-3 victory in the second game, splitting a baseball twinbill Saturday at Carnes Field in Henderson.
Cumberland (28-21, 13-5 TSAC) remains in a first-place tie with Trevecca despite losing the series at FHU. The Trojans lost a doubleheader Saturday to Lyon College and both teams will head into this week’s final series tied for first place. Freed-Hardeman (28-14, 12-7) solidified its position in third place with the series victory and can still mathematically win the conference.
Cumberland blew a 13-2 lead in the opener, as FHU scored eight runs in the fifth and then six runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the contest at 16.
But Kikla drove in a run, Michael Wheeler added two RBIs and Matt Holliman had a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to retake the lead in a contest that lasted nearly three-and-a-half hours.
Richard Timbrook came on to get the final three outs and the save, but not before loading the bases with just one out. Eric Spivey (2-2), the fourth of five CU hurlers in the contest, picked up the victory, facing one batter and getting the final out of the seventh.
Starter Robert Post allowed two runs on four hits in four innings of work and left with a 13-2 lead. He walked four and struck out four.