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Liberty Baseball to Open 2014 Campaign at UNF Tournament

February 12, 2014
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Senior pitcher Trey Lambert

LIBERTY AT UNF TOURNAMENT

Feb. 14-16
Harmon Stadium
Jacksonville, Fla.

Friday - at North Florida - 3 p.m.
Saturday - vs. South Florida - Noon
Sunday - vs. Richmond - Noon

Complete Baseball Game Notes

LIVE STATS (Provided by UNF) - Each Day

UNF Tournament

Quick Hits
• Liberty has been ranked No. 35 in The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's 2014 Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I preseason baseball poll.
• Liberty returns six starting position players including its designated hitter and 11 pitchers from last season's 2013 Big South Championship team. In addition, the Flames return 15
lettermen.
• The Flames are the defending Big South Champions and reached a regional final for the first time in the 40-year history of its program at the 2013 Columbia, S.C. Regional.
• Liberty has been tabbed to finish on top in the Big South Conference's North Division standings by the conference's head coaches in the league's annual preseason poll.
• Friday's contest at North Florida will be the 41st season opener in program history. Liberty enters the season lid-lifter having recorded a 25-13 mark in openers since 1976.
• The Flames claimed their fourth Big South title and the first under head coach Jim Toman in 2013. It was also Liberty's first since 2000.
• Liberty is 87-40 (.685) all-time in the month of February. The Flames are 31-11 (.738) under head coach Jim Toman.

Player Quick Hits
• OF/P Ashton Perritt has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and the Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Preseason All-American teams as an utility player (two-way player).
• On Tuesday, Perritt was listed among 50 pitchers on the 2014 NCBWA Stopper of  the Year Watch list.
• Perritt was voted the 2013 Big South Tournament MVP and later, was named to the VaSID All-State team.• RHP/C/1B Danny Grauer was drafted in the 38th round by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2013 MLB Draft.
• He led the Flames with seven home runs and a .468 slugging percentage last season
• Grauer finished 2013 among the Big South leaders in RBIs (T-4th), home runs (3rd) slugging pct. (7th) and in two-out RBIs (2nd).
• Infielders Dalton Britt and Jake Kimble, along with pitcher Blake Fulghum were named to the 2013 Big South All-Tournament team
• RHP Trey Lambert returns for his senior year, after leading Liberty and tying for the third in the Big South with eight wins.
• He led the Flames in innings pitched (89.0) and complete games (three).
• In 15 starts, Lambert recorded an 8-3 mark with a 3.54 ERA. He struck out 48 and walked 23.
Alex Close will move to catcher this season after two seasons as the Flames' starting first baseman.
• LHP Jared Lyons made 21 appearances in 2013, fashioning a 5-0 record with a 3.86 ERA.
• RHP Carson Herndon made 11 appearances with 10 starts last season. He recorded a 3-5 record with a 2.73 ERA over 62.2 innings pitched.
• INF Ryan Seiz will join the Liberty roster after sitting out last year after transferring from Louisville.

Season Openers
• Friday's contest at North Florida will be the 41st season opener in program history.
• Liberty enters the season lid-lifter having recorded a 25-13 mark in openers since 1976.
• Last season, the Flames fell at then-No. 5 South Carolina, 4-3, on Feb. 15
• The Flames are 3-3 in season openers under head coach Jim Toman. Two of three Liberty victories came on neutral fields.

UNF Tournament
• Liberty is one of four teams in this weekend's UNF Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla.  The Flames will be joined by Missouri, Richmond and host North Florida in the field.
• Besides facing the Missouri Tigers and Richmond Spiders during the UNF Tournament, Liberty will face the two teams in contests later in 2014.  Flames will square off with the Tigers at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, N.C. on Feb. 25. Later in the season, Richmond will visit the Liberty Baseball Stadium on April 8.

Perritt Named to Preseason All-American Teams, Stopper Watch List
• Outfielder/pitcher Ashton Perritt was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and the Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Preseason All-American teams as an utility player (two-way player).
• Perritt was selected to the NCBWA's second team and the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's third team.
• This past Tuesday, he was listed among 50 pitchers on the 2014 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch list.  The award goes annually to the top closer in college baseball.
• He becomes Liberty's second player to garner Preseason All-American honors from the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The paper selected Aaron Grijalva as a Preseason All-American at first base in 2008.
• The utility player was voted the 2013 Big South Tournament MVP and later, was named to the VaSID All-State team.  
• In 40 games as an outfielder, Perritt hit .343 with 34 runs scored and 18 stolen bases. The Liberty leadoff hitter also hit six home runs. He posted 20 multiple-hit games, including seven three-hit games, and scored two or more runs in nine contests.
• On the mound,  he went 3-2 with a 2.09 ERA and 10 saves over 38 2/3 innings. His 10 saves rank second on Liberty's all-time single season list.

Flames Ranked No. 35 in CBN's Fabulous 40
• Liberty has been ranked No. 35 in The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's 2014 Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I preseason baseball poll.
• Liberty, which finished 36-29 overall in 2013, is one of two Big South teams ranked in the newspaper's preseason poll.  Coastal Carolina is ranked No. 40.
• After capturing the Big South title and reaching the finals of the NCAA Columbia, S.C. Regional, the Flames were ranked 26th in the final The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll of 2013.

2014 Flames Name Captains
• Four players were chosen as captain in a vote by the members of the 2014 Flames.
• Junior catcher/first baseman Alex Close, senior pitcher/catcher Danny Grauer, senior pitcher Trey Lambert and junior pitcher/outfielder Ashton Perritt were selected by their teammates to serve as captains this season.

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 Tuesday or Wednesday throughout the season.
• Pierce, who bring you 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.