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Lambert, Close Garner Capital One Academic All-District Team Honors
Liberty Flames pitcher Trey Lambert and first baseman Alex Close have been selected to the Capital One Academic NCAA Division I All-District 3 baseball team for their excellence in the classroom and on the baseball diamond.
Lambert, a senior, leads the Big South Conference in wins with a 9-1 record in 2014. A member of the National Pitcher of the Year watch list, the right-hander has posted a team-leading 2.27 ERA over 79 1/3 innings, striking out 53 and walking 14. The team captain has pitched three complete games and two shutouts in 2014. The Tazewell, Va., native has been named Big South Pitcher of the Week (March 24-30), a ECAC Player of the Week (March 24-30) and a NCAA.com Performer of the Week (Week 7) this season.
Off the field, Lambert is slated to graduate in May with an undergraduate degree in health promotion and is currently maintaining a 3.94 cumulative GPA. A two-time Big South Presidential Honor Roll member, the pitcher was recently named the recipient of the 2014 Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award, honoring the top graduating senior student-athlete at Liberty University who best exemplifies the standards and lives of both of these great Christian men. In addition, he is active in various community projects.
Close, a junior, has hit .327 with 47 runs scored and 38 RBIs in 44 games this season. The team captain has belted six home runs and posted a .503 slugging percentage. The Hoover, Ala., native and team captain has collected 13 multiple-hit game and leads the Flames with a .400 batting average in 2014.
Academically, Close has maintained a 3.84 cumulative GPA, while pursuing an undergraduate degree in business administration: finance. A member of the Big South Presidential Honor Roll, the first baseman serves a representative on Liberty's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is involved in several community outreach programs.
Both Lambert and Close recently helped Liberty's baseball program win the athletics department's Darius Dixon Service award, given to the individual or team who unselfishly gives of their time to make a difference in the greater Lynchburg community.
Ranked as high as No. 22 in the national polls, Lambert, Close and 35-10 Flames will return to action on the diamond, Wednesday. The Flames will travel to Charlottesville, Va., for a contest with the Virginia Cavaliers, currently No. 1 in several polls. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.