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Enriquez inks with Bulldogs

Enriquez inks with Bulldogs

Posted on 08 August 2015 by Allen

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Cumberland University softball coach Heather Stanfill announced the signing of Riverside, Calif., native Andrea Enriquez to scholarship papers this week for the 2015-16 academic year.

Enriquez is transferring from Fullerton College in Fullerton, Calif., and was a teammate of CU signee Nicole Pratt in 2015. Enriquez batted .275 in 33 games this past season, posting a pair of doubles with five RBIs, five walks and three stolen bases in 40 at-bats.

She did not play in 2014 but hit .231 in 40 contests with three doubles, one homer, 11 RBIs, nine walks and seven stolen bases as a freshman.
Enriquez was a three-year letterwinner at John W. North High School in Riverside for coach Chuck Zerkle. She is the daughter of Francisco and Veronica Enriquez.

Enriquez is the fourth signee in this year’s recruiting class, joining Pratt (Riverside, Calif.), Imani Torregano (Laurel, Md.) and Gianna Abatti (Nipomo, Calif.).

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Cumberland Softball inks California native Abatti

Cumberland Softball inks California native Abatti

Posted on 17 July 2015 by Allen

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Cumberland University softball coach Heather Stanfill announced the signing of Nipomo, Calif., native Gianna Abatti to scholarship papers this week for the 2015-16 academic year.

Abatti played the last two seasons at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, Calif., playing in 41 games as a freshman, hitting three home runs and registering 20 RBIs. She missed 20 contests this past season with an injury but posted a .424 on-base percentage with eight RBIs and one homer in limited action.

AHC won back-to-back conference championships and finished 61-19 overall during Abatti’s two seasons.

She was a two-time All-League selection at Nipomo High School and won multiple league championships for the Titans at NHS. She is the daughter of Janna Abatti.

Abatti joins Imani Torregano (Laurel, Md.) in this year’s recruiting class.

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Fox transfers to CU

Fox transfers to CU

Posted on 16 June 2015 by Allen

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Cumberland University women’s basketball coaches Jeremy Lewis announced the signing of Murray State transfer and Lebanon native Julia Fox this week to scholarship papers for the 2015-16 season. Fox has two years of eligibility remaining.

The 5-foot-8 guard spent the last two seasons at Murray State, averaging 7.6 points as a freshman and 4.5 points while shooting 40 percent from 3-pint range this past year. She netted double figures eight times in 2013-14, including six of the last eight games of the season, scoring 15 points at SIU-Edwardsville and 14 at Eastern Illinois.

Fox made six 3-pointers and registered a career-best 20 points this past season at home versus UT Martin and also netted 12 points against Evansville.

She was a three-time All-District performer and an Honorable Mention selection as a freshman for the Blue Devils at LHS. Fox earned All-Region honors as a senior and finished her career with 1,249 points and 211 made 3-pointers. She was selected All-District Tournament three times as well and was picked to play in the ESPN/Hoopgurlz Super 64 Camp in Atlanta. She is the daughter of Steve and Cindy Fox.

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Four former Bulldogs playing in independent league

Four former Bulldogs playing in independent league

Posted on 13 June 2015 by Allen

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Four former Cumberland baseball players began their professional seasons in independent leagues over the past month, including Sam Lind, Anthony Gomez, Cory Urquhart and Brady North.

Lind and Gomez are both members of the Schaumburg [IL] Boomers in the Frontier League, with Lind batting .290 in eight games with two doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored. Gomez is just 1-3 in four starts covering 20.1 innings of work, allowing 37 hits and 24 runs with 10 strikeouts.

Urquhart is currently playing for the Evansville [IN] Otters, also in the Frontier League, batting .294 with 23 contests with three doubles, 12 RBIs and 11 runs scored along with 11 walks. Evansville is leading the East Division with a 17-6 mark.

North also plays in the Frontier League with the Washington [PA] Wild Things and has one hit in eight games.

These four join a group of five former Cumberland players who are currently playing with Major League Baseball-affiliated clubs: Luis Martinez, Will Locante, Aaron Wilkerson, Chipper Smith and Josciel Veras.

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Cleveland signs with CU golf

Cleveland signs with CU golf

Posted on 10 June 2015 by Allen

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Cumberland golf coach Rich Williams announced the signing of Lebanon native Anna Leigh Cleveland to scholarship papers this week for the 2015-16 academic year. Cleveland becomes the fourth signee for the Bulldogs for the coming season.

She was a four-year letterwinner at Heritage Christian Academy in Hermitage, Tenn., posting the low score at the MTAC Tournament as a junior and senior. She also lettered two years each in volleyball and cheerleading at HCA.

Cleveland placed third in the Junior Tennessee Golf Association Championship in 2014 as well. She is the daughter of Tim and Jan Cleveland.

Cleveland joins Taylor Crouch (Jamestown, Tenn.), Tessa Barto (Spring Hill, Tenn.) and Delaney Lazenby (Cross Plains, Tenn.) in this year’s recruiting class.

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Former Hillsboro star Bowers transfers to CU

Former Hillsboro star Bowers transfers to CU

Posted on 09 June 2015 by Allen

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Cumberland women’s basketball coach Jeremy Lewis announced the signing of Nashville native and Eastern Kentucky University transfer Nicole Bowers to scholarship papers this week for the 2015-16 season.

The Hillsboro High School product played two seasons at EKU, averaging 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game this past year. She posted 3.4 points and 3.0 boards in 28 contests as a freshman.

Bowers averaged 12.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game as a senior at Hillsboro, earning All-Midstate accolades from the Tennessean as well as First Team All-District 11-AAA and All-Metro honors while leading the Burros to a 28-6 record. She registered 17 points and 14 boards per contest as a junior, garnering First Team All-District and All-Region honors as well.

Bowers was rated a three-star prospect and the No. 28 center in the country by ESPN Hoopgurlz as a junior and also was rated the No. 1 center in Tennessee and a Top 15 player in the state by www.risingup.com coming out of high school.

She has two years of eligibility remaining for the Bulldogs.

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Alford voted Second Team Capitol One Academic All-America

Alford voted Second Team Capitol One Academic All-America

Posted on 01 June 2015 by Allen

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Cumberland senior Tyler Alford was voted Second Team Capitol One Academic All-America ®, as announced Monday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Alford batted .331 with 11 doubles, two home runs and 24 RBIs during his senior campaign. The Knoxville, Tenn., native also drew 20 walks and was hit seven times while starting 50 games, 45 of those at catcher. He led the Bulldogs with 20 multi-hit outings and added seven multi-RBI games this season as well.

Alford played in 196 career games at CU, posting 25 doubles with eight homers and 67 RBIs along with a .252 batting average. He saw action in at least 43 contests in each of his four seasons at Cumberland.

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2014-15 Capitol One College Division Academic All-American
FIRST TEAM
P – Josh DeGraaf, Taylor Univ.
P – Russell Harmening, Westmont College
C – Connor Lynch, Oklahoma City Univ.
IF – Garrett Heath, Friends Univ.
IF – Efrain Montero, Mt. Vernon Nazarene
IF – Ashly Morris, USC Beaufort
IF – Riley Swanson, Mt. Vernon Nazarene
OF – Tayler Hardy, Univ. of Mobile
OF – Steven Karkenny, The Master’s College
OF – Cody Stewart, William Woods Univ.
DH – Nathan Forseth, Dordt College

SECOND TEAM
P – Stetson Nelson, Embry-Riddle
P – Alex Webb, Univ. of British Columbia
C – Tyler Alford, Cumberland Univ.
IF – Thomas Cunningham, Kansas Wesleyan
IF – Andrew Redman, Clarke Univ.
IF – Jake West, Taylor Univ.
IF – Ryan Wright, Oklahoma City
OF – Chris Anderi. Brock Univ.
OF – Trent Calmer, Concordia [OR] Univ.
OF – Liam Goodall, Embry-Riddle
DH – Zach Dillman, Union College

Academic All-America® of the Year: Josh DeGraaf, Taylor

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Sepulveda ends season ranked 29th in singles

Sepulveda ends season ranked 29th in singles

Posted on 29 May 2015 by Allen

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Cumberland junior Angelica Sepulveda ended the season ranked 29th nationally in singles in the final Oracle/ITA National NAIA Rankings of the 2014-15 season published Thursday, unveiling the top 50 national singles players and top 25 national doubles teams in NAIA men’s and women’s tennis.

The Bucaramanga, Colombia, native finished the 2014-15 academic year 13-10 overall in singles, including 9-9 in dual matches, with victories over Lindsey Wilson’s Alicia Rodriguez and Northwestern Ohio’s Melena Lopez. She was 16-7 overall in doubles, including 10-3 with Alena Gizdić and 6-3 with Tarsha de Souza.

Sepulveda was named a Second Team NAIA All-American two weeks ago and was also a Second Team All-America selection as a freshman in 2013 for the Bulldogs.

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Eight Cumberland baseball players earn NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors

Eight Cumberland baseball players earn NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors

Posted on 29 May 2015 by Allen

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Eight Cumberland baseball players were named 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes on Thursday. Student-athletes must be a junior or senior academically and maintain a 3.50 grade-point-average to be eligible for the award.

Seniors Tyler Alford, Justin Byrd, Clint Meadows and Stevie Smith along with juniors (or redshirt sophomores) Drew Chester, Nick Crawford, Dylan Lannom and Jackson Yates were all honored by the national office during the Avista-NAIA World Series.

Cumberland tied for the second most honorees by any one school along with Siena Heights University and American Institute of Business (AIB) registered the most with 13.

A total of 354 student-athletes from 131 institutions were named.

2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes
Tyler Alford – 3.72, Health and Human Performance
Justin Byrd – 3.66, Health and Human Performance
Drew Chester – 3.96, Health and Human Performance
Nick Crawford – 3.51, Marketing
Dylan Lannom – 3.78, Business Administration
Clint Meadows – 3.61, Health and Human Performance
Stevie Smith – 3.91, Management
Jackson Yates – 3.50, History/Business

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Cumberland Women’s Soccer announces 2015 Schedule

Cumberland Women’s Soccer announces 2015 Schedule

Posted on 20 May 2015 by Allen

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Cumberland women’s soccer coach Adam Grant announced the squad’s 2015 schedule this week, which includes eight home matches and five contests against teams that participated in last year’s NAIA Championship Opening Round.

The Bulldogs open the season at Tennessee Wesleyan on August 27 before hosting Olivet Nazarene on Aug. 30 at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field. CU heads to Martin Methodist on September 4 and takes on William Carey and the University of Mobile in Orange Beach, Ala., on Sept. 11-12. Olivet Nazarene, Martin Methodist, William Carey and Mobile all played in last season’s NAIA Championship Opening Round.

Cumberland plays three of its next five matches at home starting Sept. 16 versus Brenau University. CU heads to Georgetown College on Sept. 22 to begin Mid-South Conference play and also travels to NCAA Division II North Alabama on Sept. 27 before hosting the University of Pikeville (Sept. 30) and defending national champion Lindsey Wilson (October 3).

The Bulldogs plays at Auburn Montgomery (Oct. 7) and the University of the Cumberlands (Oct. 10). CU plays four of its final five regular season matches at home beginning October 12 versus Georgia Gwinnett.

Cumberland also hosts St. Catharine College (Oct. 17), Campbellsville University (Oct. 27) and Brescia University (November 1) with only a trip to Shawnee State (Oct. 24) in-between.

Grant takes over as the head coach after spending three seasons with the CU program. In those three campaigns the Bulldogs have won a match in the NAIA Championship Opening Round each year and advanced to the NAIA Championship quarterfinals in 2014. CU also won the Mid-South Conference regular season championship in 2013 and the tournament title in 2012.

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Snell becomes seventh CU volleyball signee

Snell becomes seventh CU volleyball signee

Posted on 19 May 2015 by Allen

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Cumberland volleyball coach Kathy Slaughter announced the signing of Birmingham, Ala., native Kara Snell to scholarship papers this week for the 2015 season. She is the seventh signee for the coming year for the Bulldogs.

The Hoover High School product was a two-year letterwinner for coach Julie Dailey, with the Buccaneers reaching the Final Four in the state tournament. Her club team, Team Sting 18 Black, placed fifth nationally last season and she is a team captain on Team Southern Performance this year. She is the daughter of Abraham and Rickeyta Snell.

Snell joins Madeline Lubbehusen (Huntingburg, Ind.), Sara Glassman (Jackson, Tenn.), Moriah Smith (Hendersonville, Tenn.), Ashley Sherrick (Ridgecrest, Calif.), Maci Lerno (El Centro, Calif.) and Caprisha Webster (Johnson City, Tenn.) in this year’s signing class.

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Alford, Byrd voted First Team All-MSC

Alford, Byrd voted First Team All-MSC

Posted on 05 May 2015 by Allen

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Cumberland seniors Tyler Alford and Justin Byrd were voted First Team All-Mid-South Conference and Ryan Dickison and Stevie Smith both earned Second Team honors, as announced by the league office during the conference tournament last week in Bowling Green, Ky. In addition, Alford was named the Champions of Character Award winner for baseball.

Byrd led the Bulldogs with a .341 batting average and also paced the club with 16 doubles, 26 walks, 18 stolen bases and 60 hits. The Rockwall, Texas, native ranked second with seven home runs, 39 RBIs, 43 runs scored and three triples and posted 14 multi-hit outings, including one of two four-hit games for the Bulldogs this season, March 31 vs. Tennessee Wesleyan.

Byrd also ranked second on the squad with 11 multi-RBI outings and batted .358 with six doubles, five homers, 22 RBIs and 22 runs scored in 24 games versus Mid-South Conference opponents.

Alford enjoyed the best offensive season of his career, batting .331 with 11 doubles, two home runs and 24 RBIs in 50 contests. The Knoxville, Tenn., native led the Bulldogs with 20 multi-hit outings and also had seven multi-RBI games as well. He batted .341 with six doubles and eight RBIs versus Mid-South opponents.

Dickison finished the year with a .306 average along with 13 doubles, team-leading eight homers and 40 RBIs as well as 24 run scored in 51 games. The Garden Grove, Calif., native registered 16 multi-hit and a team-best 13 multi-RBI contests during the year and batted .337 with six doubles, six home runs and 23 RBIs against Mid-South foes.

Smith’s numbers do not tell the whole story about how well he pitched for most of the year. The senior righthander finished the season 5-3 overall with a 2.47 earned-run-average in 91.0 innings, making 13 starts with three complete games. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native allowed just 61 hits and struck out 84, with opponents batting just 1.96 against him.

Smith worked at least six innings in his last 11 starts and gave up two or fewer earned runs in 10 outings. He allowed 27 total runs in his 13 starts but got no decisions when his team was either tied or ahead when he left the game in four contests.

First Team All-Mid-South Conference
C – Tyler Alford, Cumberland Univ.
C – Drew Kissel, St. Catharine College
1B – Aaron Ashton, Lindsey Wilson
2B – Alfredo Bohorquez, St. Catharine College
SS – Francisco Gonzales, St. Catharine College
3B – Brandon Munoz, Lindsey Wilson
UT – Josh Bailey, Univ. of Pikeville
OF – Jose Alonzo, Univ. of the Cumberlands
OF – Alex Bautista, Lindsey Wilson
OF – Justin Byrd, Cumberland Univ.
OF – Victor Nazario, Lindsey Wilson
DH – Carlos Torres, Campbellsville Univ.
P – Ryan Hartman, Lindsey Wilson
P – Nick Morehead, Campbellsville Univ.
P – Scott Sebald, Lindsey Wilson
P – John Werner, St. Catharine College
RP – Logan Truex, Campbellsville Univ.
EP – Harold Diaz, St. Catharine College
EP – Blake Maines, Shawnee State

Second Team All-Mid-South Conference
C – Cody Chagnon, Univ. of Pikeville
C – Jaime Valle, Campbellsville Univ.
1B – Mason Wisner, Shawnee State
2B – Daryl Blaskovich, Lindsey Wilson
SS – Luis Hernandez, Univ. of the Cumberlands
3B – Lucas Bagnara, Univ. of the Cumberlands
UT – Fabian Chirino, Lindsey Wilson
OF – Ryan Dickison, Cumberland Univ.
OF – Duran Elmore, Georgetown College
OF – Ricky McCulloch, Campbellsville Univ.
OF – Stone Osborne, Univ. of the Cumberlands
DH – Ryan Harper, Lindsey Wilson
P – Steven Borkowski, St. Catharine College
P – Donovan Feenstra, Univ. of the Cumberlands
P – Payton Lobdell, Georgetown College
P – Mario Morales, Campbellsville Univ.
P – Stevie Smith, Cumberland Univ.
RP – Austin Willis-Greene, St. Catharine College
EP – Jake Goodman, Univ. of the Cumberlands
EP – Jacob DiThomas, Univ. of Pikeville

Player of the Year: Alex Bautista, Lindsey Wilson
Pitcher of the Year: John Werner, St. Catharine College
Freshman of the Year: William Roger, Univ. of the Cumberlands
Coach of the Year: Luther Bramblett, St. Catharine College
Champions of Character: Tyler Alford, Cumberland Univ.

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Seventeen CU baseball players named MSC Scholar-Athletes

Seventeen CU baseball players named MSC Scholar-Athletes

Posted on 28 April 2015 by Allen

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Seventeen Cumberland baseball players were named Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athletes, as announced Tuesday by the league office in advance of the conference tournament that begins Wednesday in Bowling Green, Ky.

Student-athletes must be a sophomore, junior or senior academically and maintain a 3.25 grade-point-average and above to be eligible for the award. A total of 77 student-athletes from the eight Mid-South Conference institutions were recognized, with Cumberland leading the way.

2015 MID-SOUTH CONFERENCE SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
Tyler Alford – 3.72, Health and Human Performance
Andrew Byrd – 3.53, Business Administration
Dakota Byrd – 3.32, Management
Justin Byrd – 3.66, Health and Human Performance
Richard Carter – 4.00, Business Administration
Drew Chester – 3.96, Health and Human Performance
Zach Cole – 3.25, Mathematics
Nick Crawford – 3.51, Marketing
Logan Grantham – 3.43, Biology
Grant House – 3.35, Biology
Dylan Lannom – 3.78, Business Administration
Clint Meadows – 3.61, Health and Human Performance
Phil Stiles – 3.33, Accounting
Stevie Smith – 3.91, Management
Hector Viera – 3.87, Health and Human Performance
Andrew Woodfin – 3.75, Health and Human Performance
Jackson Yates – 3.50, History/Business

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Cumberland ends regular season with 8-5 win

Cumberland ends regular season with 8-5 win

Posted on 26 April 2015 by Allen

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Tyler Alford posted three hits and two RBIs, Justin Byrd hit a three-run homer and Ryan Dickison belted a two-run shot while Jake Collier pitched into the ninth, as Cumberland salvaged the final game of the series, 8-5, over Georgetown College on Senior Day at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium on Saturday.

The Bulldogs and Tigers will meet again at Noon on Wednesday in the opening round of the Mid-South Conference Championships.

Collier (4-6) allowed four earned runs on 10 hits in 8.2 innings. He walked three, struck out two and hit one batter. He retired 12 of 15 batters from the end of the fifth inning until the top of the ninth.

The senior righthander got the first two outs of the ninth before singles by Duran Elmore and Steven Mancilla and then a walk to Jovan Hernandez loaded the bases. Curtis Hoppe got the save, getting Rick Reyes to fly out to center and end the game.

Cumberland scored six times in the second inning to take control of the contest, including Byrd’s three-run homer and Dickison’s two-run shot. Hector Viera added two hits and two runs scored for the Bulldogs.

Mancilla collected three hits, Elmore had two hits and three runs scored and Hernandez posted two hits and three RBIs.

Georgetown starter Beau Bowen (3-4) suffered the loss, giving up seven runs, two earned, on six hits in 1.2 innings. He walked three and struck out three. Brian Barry tossed 5.1 innings of relief, allowing one run on four hits with three walks.

Each team scored a run in the first, with Elmore hit by the pitch to start the game. He stole second and scored on Hernandez’s single through the left side.

The Bulldogs answered quickly in the bottom of the inning when Viera doubled and Byrd walked. Alford then singled to center, plating Viera and knotting the contest at one.

Cumberland exploded for six runs in the second inning, chasing Bowen from the contest.

Conor Dishman drew a leadoff walk and Ryan Simmons reached on an error by second baseman Ryan Rodriguez. Zach Cole reached on a bunt single, loading the bases, and Viera’s groundout plated a run. Byrd then drilled a three-run homer to right, his seventh of the year.

But the Bulldogs weren’t done, as Alford singled and Dickison homered to left, with Georgetown’s Tanner Unkel falling over the fence trying to keep the ball from clearing the wall. It was the second straight day Dickison homered, his team-leading eighth of the year, giving CU a 7-1 advantage.

The Tigers came right back in the third with a pair of runs after Unkel walked to start the inning and Elmore reached on an error by Simmons at third base. Mancilla singled to right, scoring one run, and Hernandez’s groundout plated another, cutting the Bulldog lead to 7-3.

In the fifth Elmore reached on a bunt single and Mancilla followed with a single before an RBI single down the leftfield line for Hernandez, making it 7-4 for Cumberland.

The Bulldogs manufactured an insurance run in the sixth when Phil Stiles led off with a single up the middle, Viera reached on a ground ball and Byrd walked, loading the bases. Alford’s sacrifice fly to center scored a run, but CU missed a chance to expand the lead even further.

Reyes hit a solo homer for Georgetown to leadoff the eighth, his second of the year, pulling the visitors within three and setting up the ninth-inning drama.

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