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Flames Baseball to Begin Fall Practice Saturday
The defending Big South Champion Liberty baseball team will begin its annual fall practice, Saturday. The 2014 Flames, who will take to the field under the direction of seventh-year head coach Jim Toman, will practice as a team for the first time beginning at 2 p.m.
Fall practice runs through Nov. 4 in preparation for the 2014 campaign. Practices will take place at the new Liberty Baseball Stadium at various times throughout the week. The sessions are open to the public.
As part of fall practice, the team's annual scout day is planned for this coming Wednesday. The 43 players on Liberty's fall roster will be able to showcase their talents for professional scouts.
In addition, the team's fall practice will be highlighted by the program's Alumni Weekend, which will be held Oct. 18-19. The weekend will be held in conjunction with Liberty University's Homecoming festivities. A golf scramble, a buffet dinner and an alumni game at the new Liberty Baseball Stadium are just some of the activities planned for the event.
For 2014, the Flames will return 20 players from last season's Big South title squad, which secured the program's first automatic bid to an NCAA Regional since 2000. Liberty earned the conference's automatic bid to an NCAA Regional by winning five straight contests during the conference's championship to capture the league's crown this past May.
Less than a week later, the Flames gained national attention during the NCAA Columbia, S.C. Regional by defeating Clemson twice to appear in the first regional final in school history. Making its fourth regional appearance in program history, Liberty defeated the Tigers, 8-3, on May 31 and then defeated them again, 3-1, on June 2 to advance the regional final against regional host South Carolina.