GREENER HAS 4 HITS, 3 RBI
PADUCAH, Ky. - Conference Player of the Year Matt Greener had four hits and three RBIs as Cumberland rolled past Freed-Hardeman 11-6 Monday in the first game of the 2010 McDonald’s TranSouth Championships at historic Brooks Stadium.
The Bulldogs (47-8) won their 18th straight game and advance to second round play Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. against the loser of Bethel and Martin Methodist.
Cumberland took command early, scoring two runs in the second, third and fourth innings and never looked back.
Starter Adam Sprague (6-2) retired the side in order in four of the first five innings and allowed a run on three hits in the fourth. The senior lefty induced 13 groundball outs in six-plus innings of work.
The Lions (32-23) scored two runs in the sixth and another in the seventh and had runners on first and third with one out before Keith Kirby came on to get out of the jam and help Sprague pick up his sixth win of the season.
Sprague allowed three runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings, walking two and striking out five. Kirby gave up a solo homer to Noslen Labrada in the eighth but retired the other five batters he faced.
Leftfielder Max Kautz hit a two-run homer in the second inning that got the Bulldogs on the board and added a two-run single in the sixth. Third baseman Greg Appleton collected three hits in the contest with a solo homer to leadoff the sixth.
Greener singled in the first, third and fourth, walked in the sixth and doubled home two runs in the seventh, raising his batting average to .510 for the season with 86 RBIs, just six shy of the school season-season record.
FHU starter Derek Williford (2-2) took the loss, giving up six earned runs on 12 hits in six innings with four walks and seven strikeouts.
The Lion defense did not help the lefthander, making four errors in the contest.
PADUCAH, Ky. - On the first day of the 2010 McDonald’s TranSouth Baseball Conference Tournament, the counference released the 2010 TranSouth Baseball Postseason honors.
Cumberland University’s Matt Greener was named the TranSouth Player of the Year, while Cumberland skipper Woody Hunt was named the Coach of the Year.
Greener, a senior from Jupiter, FL, is hitting over .500 for the season and leads the NAIA with 25 home runs. Hunt, in his 29th season as head coach of the Bulldogs, led his team to a 17-2 TranSouth Conference record and a regular season mark of 46-8.
The postseason honors included 17 first team player. Cumberland, the regular season champion and the NAIA's No. 2 ranked team, led the way with eight first team selections.
Union University, the regular season runner up, followed with five first team players. Martin Methodist College and Bethel University had two each.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Matt Greener, Cumberland University
COACH OF THE YEAR: Woody Hunt, Cumberland University
FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Catcher - David Fanshawe, Cumberland
Catcher - Josh Jones, Union
First Base - Greg Appleton, Cumberland
Second Base - Kris Ruderer, Martin Methodist
Third Base - Matt Greener, Cumberland
Shortstop - Sam Kikla, Cumberland
Extra Fielder/Utility - Craig Massey, Bethel
Outfield - Troy Frazier, Cumberland
Outfield - Corey Rudolph, Union
Outfield - Darin Holt, Martin Methodist
Outfield - Kris Miller, Cumberland
Starting Pitcher - Shawn Schaefer, Cumberland
Starting Pitcher - Carl Harken, Union
Starting Pitcher - Aaron Wilkerson, Cumberland
Starting Pitcher - Derek Copley, Union
Relief Pitcher - Derek Hinson, Bethel
Designated Hitter - Beau Baker, Union
LEBANON -- Longtime AAU coach Cleve Harris has been named as the head coach of the Friendship Christian School boys basketball team.
Harris comes to FCS from Christ Presbyterian Academy in Brentwood where he served as assistant varsity basketball coach and head coach of middle school basketball. He also worked as athletics facility manager.
Born in Somerville, Harris attended East High School in Memphis, where he earned All-District, All-Region, and All-State honors. He was voted Player of the Year by the Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association while at Motlow State Community College, where he was also named All-NJCAA. At Union University in Jackson, Harris set a school record for most assists and was named Defensive Player of the Year two consecutive years.
His coaching resume includes stops at Motlow State as an assistant and head coaching positions at Moore County and East Hickman Middle Schools.
In addition to coaching school teams, Harris has coached travel teams for 18 years. He is the president and founder of the Tennessee Lady Tigers AAU organization.
"Cleve Harris will be a great addition to the basketball program at Friendship Christian School. He is a very knowledgeable basketball coach, and gifted in developing young players. We are very excited that Cleve will be a part of our athletic program,” said FCS athletic director John McNeal.
"Cleve Harris has been impacting young lives in the middle Tennessee area for the last 20 years," said CPA head football coach and dean of middle school students David Pack.
Harris replaces Matt Bradshaw, who resigned in March after seven seasons at FCS -- going 147-64 during that time with five 20-win seasons, including the 2010 Region 4A championship.