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Liberty to Host Radford in Home Opener

February 21, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Trey Wimmer

           RADFORD vs. LIBERTY          
 Worthington Stadium | Lynchburg, Va.

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Complete Baseball Notes

Tracking Liberty
• Liberty hit .363 as a team in four games at The Citadel Challenge this past weekend.
• Liberty opened the season with back-to-back shutouts.  It is the first time in the program's 38-year history the Flames have opened a season with two shutouits.
• The back-to-back shutouts were the first by the Flames since March 1996.  Liberty blanked Delaware St. twice at the North Florida Tournament by the identical score of 5-0.
• The Flames began the year by not allowing a run for 23 consecutive innings. It is the longest such streak in program history.
Michael Robertson and Ian Parmley each hit over .500 on the weekend.  Robertson batted .563, while Parmley hit .500.
•Tyler Cox  had a strong first weekend in a Liberty uniform, hitting  .467 with a team-high nine RBIs.

Quick Hits
• Liberty leads the all-time series with Radford, 49-28.  The Flames and Highlanders will be meeting in a nonconference contest for the first time since April 28, 1991.
• Both Liberty and Radford are members of the Big South Conference. The Flames hold a  301-188 record (.616) against the current members of the Big South Conference.
•  Liberty is 77-37 (.675) all-time in the month of February.  The Flames are 21-8 under Jim Toman during the month. Liberty has gone unbeaten in the month twice during Toman's first four years, posting a 5-0 mark in 2008 and a 6-0 record in 2010.
• Liberty was picked to finish second in the 2012 Big South Preseason Poll. The Flames have finished second in the conference standings in three of the last four season, including last year. The Highlanders were picked to finish third in the poll.
• Liberty hit .363 as a team in four games at The Citadel Challenge this past weekend.
• Liberty opened the season with back-to-back shutouts.  It is the first time in the program's 38-year history the Flames have opened a season with two shutouits.
• The back-to-back shutouts were the first by the Flames since March 1996.  Liberty blanked Delaware St. twice at the North Florida Tournament by the identical score of 5-0.
• The Flames began the year by not allowing a run for 23 consecutive innings. It is the longest such streak in program history.
• For the past 33 years, Worthington Stadium has been the home of the Flames The 2012 season will be the last for the facility. Liberty is 544-247-6 (.687) all-time and 69-33-1 (.675) under head coach Jim Toman.
• With a 149-90-1 record, head coach Jim Toman is one win away from victory 150 at Liberty. Toman led the Flames to the best winning percentage of any head coach during his first four years at Liberty (145-90-1, .617)
• On Sunday afternoon, Liberty rallied from a 9-5 deficit with seven runs in the ninth inning to defeat The Citadel.  In their first three games against Richmond and Towson, the Flames never trailed in any of the contests.