After posting more than 40 wins two out of the last three seasons, the Liberty Flames Baseball team enters the 2013 season looking to build on its success by capturing the Big South Championship. The team will have a new home when the 2,500-seat Liberty Baseball Stadium is completed in time to host the Big South Baseball Championship May 21-25. The Flames will play their 2013 home games at Liberty’s newest athletics facility while construction wraps up, christening the stadium with a three-game series against Penn State from Feb. 22-24.
Head Coach Jim Toman, who was recently cited as one of 10 college baseball head coaches on the rise by www.PerfectGame.org, welcomes back several key members from last season’s squad. Sophomore first baseman Alex Close, senior infielder Bryan Aanderud, senior catcher Trey Wimmer, and junior outfielder Ryan Cordell lead the returnees for Toman’s team.
Alex Close was named 2012 Big South Freshman of the Year and was selected to the NCBWA and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American teams last season, while Aanderud earned all-conference honors after leading the Flames in batting average and RBIs. Meanwhile, Wimmer, a team captain for the second consecutive year, ended the 2012 season by being named to the Big South all-tournament team, and Cordell was selected as the top major league prospect in the Great Lakes League this past summer.
A challenging schedule awaits the Flames this year, as Liberty opens its season at 2011 NCAA Champion and 2012 national runner-up, South Carolina, Feb. 15-17. The Flames will also visit Georgia, East Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
Home contests include a three-game series with West Virginia and Winthrop, along with midweek visits from Virginia, Maryland, and Duke.
The Flames will play 28 home games at Liberty Baseball Stadium this season. For ticket information, call 434-582-SEAT (7328) or visit www.LibertyFlames.com.