Former players surprise Hunt
On a day full of surprises intended for Cumberland's legendary Woody Hunt, the Hall of Fame coach shocked everyone in the stadium that bears his name when he was kicked out in the fourth inning of Saturday's doubleheader split with Georgetown.
Arguing a foul / fair call with home plate umpire Joseph Lewis in the bottom of the fourth, Hunt was ejected and by rule, was forced to sit out Saturday's nightcap.
He didn't miss much as the first game ended with a 12-3 loss to the Tigers. However the Phoenix battled back to claim the back end of Saturday's doubleheader 8-7.
Now 23-16 overall, 8-4 in the Mid-South Conference, Cumberland hosts sixth-ranked Freed-Hardeman at 3 p.m. Tuesday and Brescia University at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The MSC schedule finds CU this week traveling to Campbellsville University for a three-game series beginning Friday, April 12.
Former Cumberland players Rusty Harrod, Josh Underhill, John Barbato and Scott Hunt were the ringleaders of a surprise gathering of Coach Hunt's former players.
Nearly 200 former Bulldogs attended a breakfast and stayed around for the doubleheader versus Georgetown.
"For once, I was truly speechless," Coach Hunt said. "I couldn't believe it."
Georgetown College broke the first game open with a five-run seven inning en route to a 12-3 victory but Cumberland rebounded in the second contest two RBIs apiece from Eddie McDaniels, Jared Schmidt and Jacob Herrera, salvaging the final game of the series 8-7 in baseball action Saturday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
Ryan Hill (5-2) allowed three earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings to get the win for the Phoenix The Tigers (30-10, 5-4) pounded out 19 hits in the opener but led just 5-1 before the five-run seventh inning gave Georgetown the series win.
McDaniels plated two runs with a single and LaDarius scored another with an RBI single in a five-run second inning in the second contest for Cumberland. Schmidt’s two-run homer in the fourth extended the CU lead to 7-3 and a run-scoring bunt single by Herrera made it 8-3 Phoenix.
Cumberland committed a pair of errors in the sixth, opening the door for three runs by the Tigers, including a two-run triple from Val Stammler, but Brad Smith retired the side in order in the seventh for his third save.
Alvin Vega (3-2) suffered the loss for Georgetown, allowing five runs on two hits with three walks and two hit batters in 1.1 innings.
Eric Thrower posted four hits and five RBIs in the opener for the Tigers, backing six strong innings from Andrew Martinez (6-3), who gave up one run on five hits with five strikeouts in six innings.
Kyle Fieger worked the final three frames, allowing two runs on three hits with three strikeouts, for a save.
McDaniels and Schmidt collected two hits apiece and Peyton Wheatley recorded two hits and two RBIs for CU.
Thomas Galart (3-4) gave up six runs on 12 hits in six-plus innings for the loss.