Liberty Hosts James Madison, Tuesday
JAMES MADISON vs. LIBERTY
Liberty Baseball Stadium
James Madison vs. Liberty – 3 p.m.
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Live Stats: Tuesday
Fans coming to the Liberty Baseball Stadium are encouraged to park in either the Speakman (in front of the bookstore), the Parking Garage (by the softball stadium), or the Baseball Outfield parking lots on Tuesday. Each lot provides easy access to the Liberty Baseball Stadium. Due to limited availability, the Orange/Bailey parking lot in front of the stadium has been designated a reserved lot and requires a pass in order to park.
• Liberty enters the week with an 11-7 overall record. The Flames took two out of three games from High Point in a Big South series, this past weekend, moving to 7-4 at Liberty Baseball Stadium in 2017.
• Liberty will be playing its first midweek contest in two weeks. The Flames defeated Duke, 8-4, on March 7 at Liberty Baseball Stadium in its last midweek contest. Liberty had last Tuesday's contest against Saint Joseph's cancelled. The Flames are 3-0 in midweek games, this season.
• The Flames will complete its longest homestand of 2017, Tuesday. The Flames have posted a 6-4 mark over the first 10 games of an 11-game homestand. The Flames' current homestand is the second longest in program history and the longest since Liberty began play at Liberty Baseball Stadium in 2013.
• Despite not playing in 2016, James Madison has been the most frequently played non-conference opponent by Liberty in its history. The Dukes hold a 38-29 advantage in the all-time series. However, Liberty holds a 20-12 record against James Madison in Lynchburg.
• Liberty outfielder D.J. Artis
was named the Big South Player of the Week for games played March 13-19 on Monday.
• The 2017 season is the first under head coach Scott Jackson. Jackson, who was an assistant coach at Liberty in 2008, spent the past eight seasons as an assistant on head coach Mike Fox's staff at North Carolina.
Flames Finish Off Longest Homestand of Season
Head Coach Scott Jackson's team will complete its longest homestand of the season, Tuesday. The Flames have posted a 6-4 mark over the first 10 games of an 11-game homestand. The homestand originally began as a 12-game stretch at home, but this last Tuesday's contest against Saint Joseph's was canceled due to inclement weather.
The Flames' current homestand is the second longest in program history and the longest since Liberty began play at Liberty Baseball Stadium in 2013.
Liberty opened the stretch by winning the first two games of a three-game set over Bryant, March 3-5, before defeating Duke, 8-4, on March 7. St. John's, ranked as high as No. 9 nationally at the time, won two games of a three game series from the Flames, March 10-11, before the Flames took two of three from High Point in a Big South Conference set, this past weekend.
The longest homestand in school history consisted of 14 games in 1980, during which Head Coach Al Worthington's squad posted a 12-2 record. Liberty's current 11-game homestand will be the team's sixth of 10 or more games in its history. The last time the Flames had a homestand of 10 or more games was in 2005 (10 games).
Artis Tabbed Big South Baseball Player of the Week
Liberty outfielder D.J. Artis has been named the Big South Player of the Week for games played March 13-19.
Artis hit .500 and posted a .600 on base percentage during Liberty's three-game Big South series with High Point at Liberty Baseball Stadium, this past weekend. The sophomore from Greensboro, N.C., had at least one hit in each of the three games of the series, helping the Flames to take the series, 2-1.
Artis opened the weekend by belting the first grand slam of his career and his first home run of the season, Friday in the Flames' 11-1 victory. On Saturday, the outfielder went 3-for-3 with two walks and scored twice, before finishing the series with a RBI double and a run scored in Liberty's 14-2 win on Sunday.