I told the team they had completed one of the best conference runs in the history of the program, Hunt said, theyve come a long way since the fall. Playing at 9 a.m.our time shouldnt be a big distraction
Theyve played well in the conference, swept four series. A lot of folks doubted us with all the injuries we;ve had to overcome, but Im awfully proud of this bunch.
Weve worked on the mental part of the game a lot this year. This team has won games with their heart. When youve got your heart and mind right, you can play to the level of your ability -- and hopefully win some games along the way.
Junior lefty Kevin T. Greene is expected to get the ball in Thursdays opener. Greene (6-1) rebounded from a subpar outing last week to give up just five hits with no walks and six strikeouts in seven innings Friday in a 9-5 win over Bluefield.
He retired nine of the first 10 batters of the game and then 11 of the last 13 hitters he faced after the Rams got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning.
The Cumberland-Shawnee State game is the first of four games on Thursday.
Fourth-seeded Campbellsville (27-17, 11-10) faces fifth-seeded Rio Grande (32-18, 12-11) at 12 Noon CT followed by No. 3-seed Lindsey Wilson (38-16, 16-7) and sixth-seeded Cumberlands (33-18, 10-11) at 3 p.m. CT. Second-seeded Georgetown (33-15, 18-6) plays No. 7-seed St. Catharine (36-18, 10-11) in the nightcap at 6 p.m. CT.
Four games are scheduled for Friday and Saturday with the tournament slated to conclude on Sunday, April 28.