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Liberty to Open NCAA Charlottesville, Va. Regional Against Arkansas, Friday
LIBERTY AT 2014 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. REGIONAL
May 30 - June 2
No. 1 seed Virginia
No. 2 seed Arkansas
No. 3 seed Liberty
No. 4 seed Bucknell
Friday - vs. Arkansas at 7 p.m.
Saturday - vs. Bucknell/Virginia 2/8 p.m.
Sunday - TBD 1/8 p.m.
Monday - if Necessary - 7 p.m.
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Liberty in NCAA Regionals
• Liberty will be making its fifth NCAA Regional appearance. In its previous four regional trips, the Flames gained a berth to a regional by winning the Big South Conference's automatic bid, while this season Liberty received an at-large selection for the first time in program history.
• The Liberty baseball team becomes only the second program in school history to receive an at-large selection to a NCAA Division I postseason tournament/event. The only other athletics team in Liberty history to obtain an at-large selection has been the men's golf team, which received at-large selections three times (2003, 2006 and 2013).
• Liberty has previously participated in a NCAA Division I Regional in 1993, 1998, 2000 and 2013.
• The Flames will be participating in a NCAA Regional in back-to-back seasons for its first time in their program's 41-year history.
• Last season, Liberty won the Big South Baseball Championship title, garnering their first NCAA Regional berth under head coach Jim Toman. The Flames went on to reach the regional final for the first time in program history by defeating Clemson twice at the Columbia, S.C. Regional.
Charlottesville, Va. Regional
• Liberty will be joined by regional host and national No. 3 seed Virginia, Arkansas and Bucknell at the 2014 Charlottesville, Va. Regional.
• Virginia is the No. 1 seed, Arkansas, the No. 3 seed and Bucknell, the No. 4 seed.
• Liberty faced seven teams this season which made 2014 NCAA Baseball Regional fields.
Liberty vs. the Charlottesville, Va. Regional Field: 37-22-1
Arkansas (First Meeting), Bucknell (6-1), Virginia (31-21-1)
Liberty vs. 2014 NCAA Regional teams in 2014: 7-5
Campbell (2-1), Clemson (1-0), Kent State (3-0), Maryland (0-1), North Carolina (0-1),
Old Dominion (1-1) and Virginia (0-1)
• Liberty enters the 2014 Charlottesville, Va. Regional with a 41-16 overall record.
• The Flames are participating in an NCAA Regional as an at large selection for the first time in program history.
• Liberty will be making its fifth NCAA Regional appearance. In addition, the Flames have made a regional field for the second consecutive year, the first time in program history.
• Liberty enters the NCAA Tournament with a RPI of 30.
• The Flames posted a 23-3 Big South mark to claim the third Big South regular season title in program history. Liberty's 23 Big South wins are a program record, eclipsing 19 wins in 2011.
• Liberty is averaging 5.6 runs per game, while allowing its opponents 3.2 runs per game. The Flames are 14th in the country in runs allowed per game.
• Liberty leads the Big South in team pitching with a 2.62 ERA and was second in the
conference in team batting with a .276 batting average, this season.
Liberty Posts Fourth 40-Win Season
• With a 3-0 win over Gardner-Webb in their opening game of the 2014 Big South Championship on May 20, the Liberty Flames posted 40 or more wins in a season for the fourth time in school history.
• Liberty has won 40 or more games in a season four times in program history - 1983, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
• Three of the four have come during 2014 Big South Coach of the Year and current Flames head coach Jim Toman's tenure.
• Under Toman, the Flames previously recorded 40-win seasons in 2010 and 2012. The Flames posted a school record for wins during a 43-18 season in 2010, while recording a 41-19 mark in 2012.
• The only other time, the Flames collected 40 wins was in 1983 under Liberty's first head coach and program founder Al Worthington. The Flames posted a 40-17 record during their run to an appearance in the NAIA National Tournament.
Flames Nearing Program Record for Wins
• With 41 wins, Liberty enters postseason play two shy of the program record for wins in a season of 43 set by the 2010 Flames (43-19).
• Liberty begins regional play tied with the 2012 Flames (41-19) for the second-most wins in a season.
• All three of Liberty top season win totals have come during head coach Jim Toman's tenure
Pitching Making Mark
• One of the key elements of head coach Jim Toman's team's success has been its mound corps, this season.
• The Flames lead the Big South Conference with a 2.62 ERA. Liberty ranks 14th nationally in the category.
• Liberty's current ERA would be the lowest in program history. The 2012 Flames hold the record with a 3.04 ERA.
• Liberty also leads the Big South with nine shutouts. The Flames rank 13th nationally in blankings. Liberty recorded six consecutive shutouts in Big South contests from March 28 - April 6. Liberty did not allow a run in a sweep of a three-game series at Presbyterian College, March 28-30, and during a three-game sweep of a series against VMI at Liberty Baseball Stadium, April 4-6.
• Liberty pitching has held opponents to .221 batting average and allowed opponents 3.2 runs per game this season, the 14th fewest in the nation.
Seiz, Lambert, Bean and Toman Garner Big South Honors
• Liberty became the first team in Big South history to sweep the conference awards, selected by the Big South head coaches.
• 2B Ryan Seiz was named the Big South Player of the Year. Seiz becomes the third Liberty player to be named the Big South Player of the Year. He joins outfielder Keith Butler (2000) and infielder Jason Benham (1998) as Flames who have won the award.
• RHP Trey Lambert was selected the Big South Pitcher of the Year, becoming the first Liberty pitcher ever to garner the award. Lambert also was named the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year, given by the conference's SIDs.
• RHP Parker Bean was named the Big South Freshman of the Year. The pitcher becomes the fourth Flame to be selected the conference's Freshman of the Year. The pitcher joins pitcher Tim Harrell (1995), outfielder Keith Butler (2000) and teammate Alex Close (2012) as Flames who have received the honor.
• Head Coach Jim Toman was a unanimous selection as the Big South Coach of the Year. It is the first for the Liberty head coach. He is the second Flames' skipper to win the honor, as Dave
Pastors was named the conference's Coach of the Year in 1998.
Liberty Places Seven on All-Conference Team
• Liberty placed seven players on the 2014 Big South All-Conference teams.
• 1B Alex Close, C Danny Grauer, 2B Ryan Seiz, and pitchers Trey Lambert and Parker Bean were selected to the all-conference first team.
• SS Dalton Britt and relief pitcher Ashton Perritt were named to the all-conference second team.
• It is the first time in program history the Flames have had five members named to the all-conference first team.
• It is the second time Liberty has had seven players named all-conference, as the 1998 Flames also had seven all-conference team members.
• It is the first time being named all-conference for all seven players.