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Liberty to Host Maryland in Midweek Tilt

April 30, 2013
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Liberty second baseman Bryan Aanderud

MARYLAND AT LIBERTY
May 1
Liberty Baseball Stadium  (2,500)
Lynchburg, Va.

Wednesday - 3 p.m.

Complete Baseball Game Notes


Coverage by the Flames Sports Network

Television:
ESPN 3 - National Coverage
The Liberty Channel - Local Coverage

Video Streaming: Big South Network


LIVE STATS (GameTracker)

Wednesday's Game


Maryland Game to be Televised
• The Maryland-Liberty'midweek contest will be broadcast by Flames Sports Network (FSN). The telecast will air on the Liberty Channel and ESPN3.
• Nick Pierce and Alan York handle play-by-play and provide commentary for each of the Flames Sports Network's broadcasts.

Quick Hits
SERIES WITH MARYLAND:  Maryland and Liberty will be meeting for the 14th time on Wednesday. Liberty leads the all-time series, 7-5-1.
• Maryland took the first meeting between the two teams, 5-3, at Bob Smith Stadium in College Park, Md. on April 23.
• Liberty finished the month of April at 9-9. The Flames are 49-24-1 (.669) in the month of May during head coach Jim Toman's five previous seasons at Liberty.
• The Maryland-Liberty game will be broadcast by Flames Sports Network (FSN). The telecast will air on the Liberty Channel and ESPN3.
• Liberty enters Wednesday's contest with a 17-6 record in its first season of play at the Liberty Baseball Stadium.
• The Flames have won four consecutive games and six out of their last seven outings.
• Liberty swept a three-game Big South series at VMI this past weekend, the Flames' first road weekend sweep since taking three at Presbyterian College last season (March 16-18).
• Over their last four games, the Flames have hit 10 home runs, including three grand slams.
• Liberty had a season-high 21 hits in a 17-1 win over Old Dominion, last Wednesday.

Tracking Liberty
• Liberty swept a three-game Big South series at VMI this past weekend, the Flames' first road weekend sweep since taking three at Presbyterian College last season (March 16-18).
• Liberty enters the week having won four-straight and six out of their last seven contests.
• With at least a hit in each of Liberty's win this past weekend, 2B Bryan Aanderud ran his hitting streak to a career-high 16 games. It is the longest by a Flame this season.
• Monday, 1B Alex Close was named the Big South Player of the Week. Close hit .435 with 14 RBIs over a five-game span last week. Close also hit two home runs and collected four multiple-hit and multiple-RBI games during the span.
• DH Danny Grauer went 3-for-3 with six RBIs and four runs scored in game two of a doubleheader at VMI, Saturday. All three of his hits were for extra bases, as the Liberty designated hitter connected for a grand slam, a two-run home run and a double. He now leads the Flames with seven home runs on the year.
• In game one of a doubleheader at VMI, OF Ryan Cordell hit his second grand slam of the season. Cordell now leads the Flames with 35 RBIs. He also leads the Big South with 17 two-out RBIs.
• Making his second start of 2013, RHP Josh Richardson pitched a complete-game shutout in a 4-0 win over VMI, Friday. The RHP gave up three hits in pitching the first complete game in his career. He also struck out a career-high eight batters and did not walk a batter.
• C Trey Wimmer scored six times during Liberty's series at VMI.  He is tied with Cordell for the team lead in the category.  He also hit a home run, Friday at VMI.

Liberty Baseball Stadium - the New Home of Flames Baseball
• The Flames have posted a 17-6 mark in their first season at the Liberty Baseball Stadium.
• After 34 years of playing at Worthington Stadium, the Flames christened the new facility on Feb. 23-24.
• Liberty opened the stadium with a three-game sweep of Penn State, Feb. 2/23-24 and went on to win their first seven games at the facility.
• When completed in June, the stadium will have 2,500 chairback seats, a turf playing field, a  operations center for the baseball program and a fully functional press area.
• The stadium will play host the 2013 Big South Baseball Championship, May 21-25

Close Named Big South and ECAC Player of the Week
• Liberty first baseman Alex Close has been named the Big South and ECAC Player of the Week for games played April 22-28.
• Close hit .435 with 14 RBIs and two home runs. The 1B had at least one hit in each of the Flames' five games and posted four multi-RBI contests.
• After starting the week with two hits and two RBIs at Maryland on Tuesday, Close drove in a career-high six runs with three hits in a 17-10 victory at Old Dominion on Wednesday. One of his hits in the contest was a grand slam, his first home run of the season.
• Close then capped the week by collecting at least one hit in each of the Flames' three contests at VMI. In Friday night's 4-0 win over the Keydets, the first baseman had a hit and scored a run. On Saturday, he had two hits in each game of Liberty's doubleheader sweep. In the first game, Close drove in four runs with two hits and a double. In the second game, he had two hits, one a home run, and two RBIs.

Extra Base Hits Key Win Streak
• The Flames' four-game winning streak has been powered by extra base hits. During the stretch, 25 of Liberty's 52 hits (46%) have been for more than one base - 12 doubles, two triples and 10 home runs.
• 38% of Liberty's 26 home runs have been hit in its last four games.
• Over the four game span, DH Danny Grauer has hit three of the Flames' 10 home runs, while OF Ashton Perritt and 1B Alex Close have hit two apiece.
• In their 17-10 win over Old Dominion on Wednesday, Liberty hit a season-high four home runs in the game. The Flames also had five doubles for a total of nine extra base hits.
• During their three-game series at VMI, this past weekend, Liberty hit six home runs. CF Ryan Cordell and Grauer each hit grand slams in both games of Saturday's doubleheader between the two teams.
• Cordell hit his second grand slam this season in the first game of the doubleheader. Grauer hit his as part of a three-hit, two home run contest in game two of a doubleheader, Saturday.
• Close, Perritt and C Trey Wimmer also hit round trippers on the weekend.