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Baseball Notes - Games 54-56 - at VMI
Complete Notes - Games 54-56 - at VMI
The Liberty University Flames (31-22, 12-6 Big South) travel to Lexington, Va., for a three-game Big South Conference series with the VMI Keydets at Gray-Minor Stadium, Friday through Sunday. The series will mark the final three games of the regular season for both teams and will play a key role in seeding for the upcoming conference tournament scheduled to begin on Tuesday.
The three-game set will begin with two night games at Gray-Minor Stadium as both Friday and Saturday night's contests are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. The series and regular-season finale will be on Sunday afternoon with the first pitch set for 2 p.m.
The Series Against VMI
Friday afternoon's contest will be the 29th meeting between the Flames and Keydets on the diamond. Liberty and VMI first met in 1977. The Flames hold a 21-7 advantage in the all-time series between the squads.
Last season, Liberty swept a three-game series at Worthington Stadium, 8-5, 16-8 and 9-7, March 31-April 2. The last time the two met at VMI, the Flames took the first two contests of the series, 9-5 and 12-3, before dropping the final game, 11-9.
The Last Time Out
Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning on Senior Day, the Liberty Flames erupted for six runs on six hits and capitalized on an error to down the Winthrop Eagles, 9-6, and sweep the three-game Big South series between the two teams, Sunday at Worthington Stadium. With the win, Liberty clinched a spot in the upcoming 2007 Big South Championship.
Senior Phil John, playing in his final contest at Worthington Stadium, was 3-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored, while teammate P. K. Keller also went 3-for-4 with three runs driven in and one run scored. Eight of the nine Liberty starters had a hit in the contest. In addition, senior Patrick Gaillard, Kenneth Negron and Errol Hollinger had two hits apiece for the Flames.
The previous day, Liberty won its 30th game with two ninth-inning runs for a 6-5 win over Winthrop. David Giammaresi hit a three-run home run in the eighth to tie the contest at 4-4. Both teams were held in check by the pitchers for most of the day as the Eagles out-hit the Flames, 8-7. Gaillard was the only Flame with two hits in the contest.
Giammaresi hit a two-run home run, and a balk in the eight plated the winning run in a 5-4 Liberty in the series' opener, Friday.
Flames Reach 30 Victories For Third Straight Season
There are several milestones upon which teams are measured in college baseball. One such milestone is winning 30 or more games in a season.
With its 6-5 victory over Winthrop this past Saturday, the Flames collected their 30th win of 2007. With back-to-back 30-plus win seasons in 2005 and 2006, it is only the second in the program's 33-year history, Liberty has won 30 or more games in three consecutive seasons. The feat matches the 2000, 2001 and 2002 teams under Dave Pastors.
In 2005, the Flames won 36 games, while last season, Royer guided his alma mater to 39 victories, a school record for wins at the Division I level.
Liberty has reached 30 wins in a season 13 times in the program's 33-year history. Of the 13, nine have come at the Division I level.