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Liberty to Host Ball State and Rider for Liberty Invitational

February 27, 2014
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Alex Close

THE LIBERTY INVITATIONAL

Feb. 28 - March 2
Liberty Baseball Stadium
Lynchburg, Va.

Saturday - vs. Ball State - Noon
                  vs. Rider - 3 p.m.

Sunday - vs. Ball State - Noon
                vs. Rider - 3 p.m.

Complete Baseball Game Notes

Liberty Flames Sports Network Coverage

National Television: ESPN 3 (Sunday - 3 p.m.)

LFSN Television: vs. Rider - Sunday 3 p.m.

Radio Broadcast: 90.9 "The Light FM" (Sunday - Noon & 3 p.m.)

Video Streaming: FlamesTV/Big South Network

Live Stats (StatsBroadcast):

Saturday vs. Ball State

Saturday vs. Rider

Sunday vs. Ball State

Sunday vs. Rider

Quick Hits
• Liberty will be hosting the Liberty Invitational for the third time this weekend.
• Ball State and Rider will join Liberty in this year's field.
• Saturday's contest with Ball State will be Liberty's second home game of the year. The Flames opened its home schedule by falling to Old Dominion, Feb. 18.
• The Flames posted a 25-9 mark in their first season at the Liberty Baseball Stadium in 2013.
• Liberty opened 2014 by playing eight of its first nine games on the road.
• Liberty is 91-45 (.669) all-time in the month of February. The Flames are  35-16 (.686) under head coach Jim Toman.
• The schedule for the Liberty Invitational has been changed due to weather with Liberty now hosting two games on Saturday and two on Sunday. Instead of facing Ball State on Friday, the Flames will square off with Ball State in the first game on Saturday at noon.

Liberty Invitational
• Liberty  will be hosting the Liberty Invitational for the third time this weekend.
• Ball State and Rider will join Liberty in this year's field.
• Liberty Invitational began in 2011 with New Orleans and LeMoyne in the field.  After taking off in 2012, Army and Siena squared off with the Flames in last season's field.
• This weekend, each team is scheduled to play four games.
• Liberty will play in three tournaments this season. The Flames have already taken part in the UNF Best Bet Tournament, Feb. 14-16, and the Battle at the Beach, Feb. 21-23.

Liberty Invitational Schedule
Friday
Game 1 - Rider vs. Ball State - 2 p.m.

Saturday
Game 2 - Ball State at Liberty - Noon
Game 3 - Rider at Liberty - 3 p.m.
Game 4 - Ball State vs. Rider - 6 p.m.

Sunday
Game 5 - Ball State at Liberty - Noon
Game 6 - Rider at Liberty - 3 p.m.

Player Notes
• RHP Ashton Perritt retired all six batters he faced to seal Liberty's 2-1 win over Missouri and earn his team-leading third save of the year, Tuesday
• OF Perritt enters Friday's contest with five stolen bases to lead the Flames.
• Perritt has also been listed among 50 pitchers on the 2014 NCBWA Stopper of  the Year Watch list.
• 1B/DH Ryan Seiz collected two hits, a home run and drove in three runs in Liberty's 8-5 win over Ohio, last Saturday.  The home run was his second of the season.
• Seiz collected three hits and drove in two runs against Old Dominion on Feb. 18.
• INF Dalton Britt drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning with his second single of the game, Tuesday.  Britt leads the Flames with four multi-hit games.
• Britt posted the first four-hit game of his career in win over UNCW, last Saturday. He also scored twice and drove in a run.
• LHP Blake Fulghum leads the Flames in innings pitched entering the weekend with 17 2/3 innings.
• Fulghum recorded his first win of the year, Tuesday against Missouri.  The LHP gave up one run on four hits over seven innings
• Freshman OF/1B Andrew Yacyk collected three hits for the Flames in Tuesday's victory over Missouri.  It was the first three-hit game of his career.
• In four starts this season, Yacyk has hit .467 with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs.
• Playing first base, Yacyk doubled, hit a home run and drove in three runs in his first collegiate start in victory over Ohio, last Saturday.
• Later in the day, he collected two more hits, one an RBI double, in win over host UNCW
• 1B/C Alex Close hit .429 during the Battle at the Beach tournament, this past weekend.
• Close had three hits and two home runs, driving in three runs and scoring three runs in 14-6 victory over UNCW,  Saturday.  The home runs were the first of the season for Close.
• OF Nick Lacik posted a career-high seven game hit streak, Feb. 14-Feb. 22. The hit streak is  the longest for a Flame this season.
• C/DH Danny Grauer doubled twice and plated three runs in Saturday's win over UNCW.
• On Sunday against Ohio, Grauer hit his second home run of the year against Ohio.
• RHP Trey Lambert recorded his first win of 2014, last Saturday.  Lambert allowed three runs on five hits over eight innings in win over UNCW.  
• RHP Parker Bean picked up his first collegiate victory, last Saturday in Liberty's 8-5 win over Ohio.  The freshman gave up five runs, three earned, on six hits over five innings.
• 3B Dylan Allen posted the  first multi-hit game of his collegiate career, Sunday against Ohio.  Allen had two hits, a double and scored a run.

Liberty Baseball Stadium - the New Home of Flames Baseball
• Liberty opened its home schedule by falling to Old Dominion, Feb. 18.  
• The Flames posted a 25-9 mark in their first season at the Liberty Baseball Stadium in 2013.

2014: 0-1 (.000)
Liberty All-time at Liberty Baseball Stadium: 25-10 (.724)    
Liberty Stadium Dimensions: LF - 325, LC - 371, CF - 395, RC - 371, RF - 325
Capacity: 2,500
Surface: AstroTurf

Flames Clubhouse Report
• Join the Liberty Flames Sports Network's Nick Pierce each week for a look at Flames Baseball.
• The audio show is available at LibertyFlames.com each week throughout the season.
• Pierce, who bringsyou all the action of Liberty Flames baseball, takes a look back at the previous week, along with comments from Liberty head coach Jim Toman and key Flames.