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Flames Host Columbia For Four-Game Series
The Liberty Flames (9-7, 0-0 Big South) host the Columbia Lions (2-11, 0-0 Ivy) in a four-game series, Thursday-Saturday, March 20-22, at City Stadium in Lynchburg, Va. First pitch Thursday is scheduled for 3 p.m. On Friday, the two teams will meet in a doubleheader, beginning at Noon. The series will close on Saturday with game time set for 4 p.m.
All-Time Series Against Columbia
Thursday will be the first ever meeting between Liberty and Columbia in baseball.
The Last Time Out
Liberty rallied in the ninth inning, but fell short in a 3-2 setback at Worthington Stadium to James Madison on Tuesday.
Trailing 3-0, the Flames pushed across single runs in both the eighth and ninth innings, cutting into the Dukes lead, but could not come up with the equalizer in the ninth.
Liberty out-hit James Madison, 8-5, with center fielder Tim Rotola collecting three hits. Right-fielder P.K. Keller added two hits for the Flames and drove in a run.
Series Moves for Light Installation
This weekend's series has been moved, so work crews can continue their installation of lights at the Flames' home, Worthington Stadium. The installation is on schedule and the first night game at the facility is slated for March 28 against Big South Conference opponent Coastal Carolina.
It is the first time since March 4, 2005, the Flames have hosted a game away from Worthington Stadium. Liberty and Duquesne split a doubleheader at Dan E. Daniel Memorial Stadium in Danville, Va. Dan E. Daniel Memorial Stadium will host this year's Big South Baseball Championship, May 20-24.
A Look at the Lions
Columbia visits Lynchburg to finish up a 10-game road swing, which saw the Lions previously visit Georgia Southern and Davidson. Columbia, which has yet to play a home game, has posted a 2-11 entering Thursday's game with the Flames. This past weekend, the Lions picked up their first two wins of 2008, spliting a four-game series at Georgia Southern.
Junior first baseman Ron Williams leads Columbia in hitting with a .375 average. Third baseman Mike Roberts has hit three home runs and is tied for the team lead with eight RBIs.
On the mound, right-hander Geoff Whitaker picked up his first victory of 2008 on
Sunday, allowing two runs over six innings in a 11-3 win over Georgia Southern. Lefthander
Max Lautmann recorded the other Lion victory in relief.
Flames by the Month
The Flames played five contests during the month of February in 2008, with the inception of the common starting date for college baseball. For the first time this season, NCAA Division I programs could not begin competition until Feb. 22. Liberty went unbeaten during the month, posting a 5-0 mark to open the 2008 campaign Last season, Liberty started the 2007 campaign by posting a 7-3 mark in February, while in 2006, Liberty started 7-2. The Flames have been successful during the month with a mark of 69-29 since 1976. It is the third-straight season the Flames have had a
strong opening month.
The Flames have started the month of March with a 4-7 mark. Liberty will play 18 contests in the third month of the year and begin Big South Conference play during the last weekend of the month by hosting Coastal Carolina (March 28-30).
Last season, Liberty posted a 10-9 record in March and began Big South play with a 3-3 record. Since 1978, the Flames have posted a record of 322-260-2 in the month of March.