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Liberty to Host Virginia Tech in Midweek Contest, Tuesday

March 24, 2014
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Becker Sankey

VIRGINIA TECH AT LIBERTY

March 25 - 6 p.m.
Liberty Baseball Stadium
Lynchburg, Va.
 

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Live Stats (StatsBroadcast): Tuesday

Quick Hits
• Liberty enters the week, having won four in a row and 12 out of its last 13 games.
• In the month of March, Liberty has posted a 14-2 mark (.875). In addition, the Flames have recorded a 15-2 (.882) mark since Feb. 25.
• Liberty is 87-45 (.659) under head coach Jim Toman in the month of March.
• This past weekend, the Flames swept the High Point Panthers at Liberty Baseball Stadium to run their Big South Conference record to 5-1.
• With its three-game sweep over High Point, Liberty moves to 11-3 at home this season.
• Liberty leads the Big South Conference in team batting with a .295 average and in team pitching with a 2.59 ERA.
• Liberty enters the week, hitting .301 with runners in scoring position.
• The Flames have hit .300 and are averaging 6.7 runs per game during the month of March.
• Liberty pitching has posted a 1.55 ERA and held its opponents to a .203 batting average
during March. Flames pitchers are holding opponents to 1.9 runs per game during the month.
• LHP Shawn Clowers was named Co-Big South Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 23.
• Virginia Tech and Liberty have met every year on the diamond since 1979.

Player Notes
• LHP Shawn Clowers was named the Big South Co-Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 23. The reliever did not allow a run in 10 2/3 scoreless innings, recording two wins.
• This past Sunday,  Clowers entered in the 5th inning with the bases loaded, one out and Liberty holding a 2-1 lead over High Point and struck out the next two batters to prevent any scoring. He went on to retire the first 12 batters he faced, including six strikeouts. He allowed just two hits in his outing to lead Liberty to the 4-1 win.
• Earlier in the week, Clowers moved to 2-0  with a win at Old Dominion, Wednesday.  After taking over in the 10th inning, Clowers retired the first 14 batters he faced. He pitched six scoreless innings, allowing two hits. He also struck out a career-high eight batters.
• RHP Trey Lambert ran his record to 5-1, Friday.  Lambert has won his last five starts and leads the Big South Conference with five wins.
• RHP Ashton Perritt recorded his team-leading seventh save of the season, this past Friday . He leads the Big South Conference in saves.
• LHP Jared Lyons shut out Old Dominion during the first nine innings, the longest outing of his career, last Wednesday. The left-hander scattered four hits, striking out five batters and walking one.
• Lyons leads the Flames with 0.52 ERA and 32 strikeouts. Currently, he leads the Big South Conference in ERA and opponent batting average (.149).
• LHP Blake Fulghum made three relief appearances this past week, pitching 3 2/3 scoreless innings.  He begins the week 10th in the Big South in ERA (2.37).
• INF Ryan Seiz continues to lead the Flames in batting average (.415), runs (27), home runs (5), on base percentage (.513) and slugging percentage (.702). He is tied with teammate Alex Close for the team lead in RBIs (22).
• He is currently leads the Big South Conference in RBIs, hits and slugging percentage.
• 1B Alex Close enters the week tied for the Big South Conference lead with 21 RBIs.
• SS Dalton Britt has spent time at both shortstop and third base this season for the Flames.  
• Last Wednesday, Britt posted his second four-hit game of his career in win at Old Dominion.
• 3B Dylan Allen is hitting .421 with runners in scoring position to lead the Flames.
• This past Wednesday, Allen walked with the bases loaded in the 16th to force in the winning run in 1-0 win at Old Dominion.
• C Danny Grauer had the longest hit streak by a Flame this season, snapped at 12 on Sunday.
• On Saturday, the C drove in three runs with an inside the park home run and two-run double in 8-1 win over High Point.
• Grauer also had two hits, a double and scored the go-ahead run in 1-0, 16-inning win at Old Dominion,  last Wednesday
• OF Nick Lacik went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored in win vs. Campbell, 3/15 Four hits in a game is a career high for the senior.
• Lacik set a new program record with eight at bats in win at Old Dominion, last Wednesday.
• Lacik is third in the Big South Conference in walks (18) and runs scored (22).

Clowers Named Co-Big South Pitcher of the Week
• LHP Shawn Clowers was named Co-Big South Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 23.
• He becomes the first Liberty pitcher to earn the award this season.
• Clowers pitched 10 2/3 scoreless innings, recording wins his two relief appearances, last week.
• The left-hander recorded his first win of the week in a 1-0, 16 inning win at Old
Dominion, last Wednesday. He entered the game in the 10th inning and retired the first 14 batters he faced.  He gave up two hits over six scoreless innings in the longest outing of his career, striking out a career-best eight.
• Sunday, he entered the game in the fifth inning with the bases loaded, one out and Liberty holding a 2-1 lead over High Point and struck out the next two batters to strand the runners.
• Clowers went on to retire the first 12 batters he faced and did not give up a hit until the ninth.  He allowed just two hits and struck out six in his outing to pick up the victory and lead Liberty to the 4-1 win.

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 week throughout the season.
• Pierce, who brings 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.