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Laurent Lands With Can-Am League's Worcester
Former Liberty Flames outfielder Phillip Laurent has signed a contract with the Worcester Tornadoes of the Canada-American Independent Baseball League.
Laurent, a native of Cantrall, Ill., signed with the Tornadoes this past Wednesday and has appeared in several games as a designated hitter and outfielder with the team.
Currently, the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball, or Can-Am League for short, is made up of eight teams throughout the New England region of the United States and Canada. The Tornadoes are based in Worcester, Mass. an hour west of Boston.
Laurent finished his Liberty career this past season as the Flames' career hit leader with 280 hits, and as their doubles leader with 68 two-base hits. In addition, he ended his four seasons with Liberty with 181 RBI, ranking him third all-time in school history in that category. During his career, the outfielder was named to the 2005 Big South first team and 2006 second team squads, while ending this season by being named to the conference's all-tournament squad for the second time in his career (2003 and 2006).
This season, Laurent hit .377 with 73 RBI, 27 doubles and 10 home runs. His 27 doubles set a new school record for doubles in a season. The senior, who had the best season of his four year career this spring, helped lead the Flames to a 39-21 overall record as they reached the final game of the Big South Baseball Championship. Liberty's 39 wins are the second most in school history and the most Division I wins by a Flames squad. In addition, Liberty won 30-games for the second straight year, only the fourth time in the program's 32-year history that the Flames have had back-to-back 30-win seasons.