|CU seeded 2nd in World Series|
|Friday, May 21, 2010|
WON'T PLAY UNTIL SATURDAY
LEWISTON, ID -- Cumberland (53-9) received the No. 2 seed and will face the winner of Tennessee Wesleyan and Embry-Riddle on Saturday at 5 p.m. CT in the 2010 Avista-NAIA World Series at Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho. The Bulldogs are making their 11th trip to the Avista-NAIA World Series and first since 2007.
JOLIET, Ill -- Aaron Wilkerson threw a three-hit shutout as Cumberland defeated Campbellsville 3-0 Friday morning to win the NAIA Regional -- sending the 'Dogs to their 11th NAIA World Series.
Wilkerson (12-1) struck out an amazing 17 batters and walked just two as CU improved to 53-9 overall headed back to Lewiston, ID.
"Aaron Wilkerson was a special pitcher today," Said CU head coach Woody Hunt, "there's no question he's a professional pitcher -- he just dominated a very good Campbellsville team."
Cumberland broke open a scoreless game with two runs in the seventh thanks to back-to-back doubles by Sam Kikla amd Matt Greener -- followed by an RBI single by Troy Frazier.
CU added an insurance run in the top of the ninth as Kikla led off with a triple and was chased home on a deep sacrifice fly by Greener.
Amazingly, Cumberland won all three games in the regional tournament without hitting a single home run after leading the NAIA in homers all season long.
"We played some small ball, moved runners along and our pitchers kept us in every game," Hutn said. "This club wanted to win so badly. They were disappointed by the rainout last night. We were a little tight this morning, but Wilkerson kept us in it."
Wilkerson won his 12th consecutive decision this decision and the righthander had to match Campbellsville's Rusty Devitt, who tossed a perfect game for six-and-a-third innings before Kikla's double in the seventh.
Greener followed with another double, plating the first run of the game, and Frazier's singled off the glove of Tigers shortstop Michael Caleb allowed pinch-runner Adam Sprague to come across with the second run of the inning.