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No. 21 Liberty Hosts Elon in Final 2014 Regular Season Home Contest
ELON AT NO. 21 LIBERTY
May 13 - 7 p.m.
Liberty Baseball Stadium
Video Stream: Big South Network
Radio Broadcast: 90.9 FM "The Light"
Live Stats (StatsBroadcast): Tuesday
• Liberty enters the week with a 38-11 overall record and a 22-1 mark in Big South play.
• Liberty clinched its third Big South regular season title and the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Big South Baseball Championship in Rock Hill, S.C., May 20-24, with a 7-1 win over Coastal Carolina, Friday night.
• The Flames have set a new program record for Big South wins in a season with 22.
• The Flames are ranked in each of the major polls this week. Liberty's highest ranking is No. 21 by Baseball America.
• Liberty enters the week with a RPI of 22 in the latest report from the NCAA.
• The Flames have posted the fifth-best winning percentage in the nation at .766.
• Liberty swept a three-game series against Coastal Carolina, this past weekend. With the sweep, the Flames have won 20 straight Big South Conference games, a program record.
• Liberty closes out its regular season home schedule, Tuesday night. The Flames are 22-4 (.846) at the Liberty Baseball Stadium this season.
• 2B Ryan Seiz leads the Big South with a .430 batting average in conference games and is third in the conference in batting average in all games.
• Seiz leads the Big South in home runs, runs scored, total bases and slugging percentage.
• The 2B is also sixth in the conference in RBIs and also among the top 10 in doubles and on base percentage.
• Seiz and SS Dalton Britt are the only two Flames to start every Liberty game this season.
• 1B Alex Close drove in two runs with two hits in 4-3 win over Coastal Carolina, Saturday. He leads the Flames with a .422 batting average with runners in scoring position.
• Close ranks fifth in the Big South in RBIs, sixth in home runs and is ninth in the slugging percentage.
• C Danny Grauer had a two-run double to tie the game and then scored the go-ahead run in Liberty's 4-3 win over Coastal Carolina, Saturday.
• Grauer is tied for fourth in home runs among Big South hitters. He is seventh in RBIs and is sixth in slugging percentage in the conference.
• OF Nick Lacik collected his second four-hit contest of the season in 7-1 win over Coastal Carolina, Friday night. The OF also scored two runs.
• Lacik is seventh in the Big South Conference with 27 walks. The Liberty leadoff hitter has a .385 on base percentage.
• OF Will Shepherd is hitting .500 with two outs and runners in scoring position this season. This past Friday, Shepherd drove in a career-high three runs, with a bases-clearing double in Liberty's 7-1 win over Coastal Carolina.
• RHP Matt Marsh recorded back-to-back saves in 4-3 and 2-1 wins over Coastal Carolina, Saturday and Sunday.
• Marsh has not allowed a run since Feb. 18. During the span, RHP has made 13 appearances and pitched 24 scoreless innings. He enters the weekend with a 0.71 ERA.
• LHP Shawn Clowers ran his record to 7-0 on the season with three wins over five games, 4/22-4/27. He recorded the victory at Clemson on 4/22 and picked-up back-to-back victories against UNC Asheville, 4/26 and 4/27. The LHP is tied for fourth in the Big South in wins.
• Clowers has made a career-high 17 appearances and has posted a 1.12 ERA.
• RHP Trey Lambert has been named to the National Pitcher of the Year Watch List.
Lambert leads the Big South Conference in wins with a 10-1 record. His win total ranks ninth nationally.
• Lambert ranks sixth in ERA (1.92) and sixth in innings pitched (87.0) in the conference.
• RHP Ashton Perritt recorded his career-high 11th save of the season in win over UNC
Asheville, 4/26. Perritt's save total is the second most in a season in program history.
• Perritt is on the midseason watch list for NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award.
• RHP Parker Bean is tied for fourth in the Big South Conference in wins with a 7-1 record.
He has the ninth best ERA (2.37) and is tied for fourth in the conference in strikeouts.
Liberty Clinches Big South Regular Season Title
• With a 7-1 win over Coastal Carolina on Friday, Liberty captured the 2014 Big South regular season title and clinched the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Big South Baseball Championship in Rock Hill, S.C., May 20-24.
• Liberty has captured their third Big South regular season title in program history and their first since 2000.
• Liberty has also won the conference's regular season title in 1998 and 2000.
• In addition, the Flames have won a program record 22 Big South games this season. The mark eclipses the 19 Big South wins by the 2010 Flames.
Closing in on 40 Wins
• Liberty enters the week with 38 wins, two shy of 40.
• Liberty has won 40 or more games in a season three times in program history. Two of the three have come under head coach Jim Toman.
• Under Toman, the Flames recorded 40-win seasons in 2010 and 2102. The Flames posted a school record 43 wins during a 43-18 season in 2010, while recording a 41-19 mark in 2012.
• The only other time, the Flames collected 40 wins was in 1983 under Liberty's first head coach Al Worthington. The Flames posted a 40-17 record during their run to an appearance in the NAIA National Tournament.
Recognizing the Seniors
•This past Saturday, the Liberty baseball program recognized the five seniors who are playing in their final regular season home game in a Liberty uniform, Tuesday.
• Pitchers Brett Fulghum, Trey Lambert and Matt Marsh, along with catcher Danny Grauer and outfielder Nick Lacik were honored for their contributions to Liberty
baseball during their time with program.
• In addition, managers Matt Bonferraro and Dan Forbes were recognized for their
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.