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Liberty to Square off with Old Dominion, Tuesday
LIBERTY at OLD DOMINION
Bud Metheny Baseball Complex | Norfolk, Va.
Last Five Games:
• Liberty won each of its last five games, hitting .300 as a team.
• SS Zack Haley hit .400 during the stretch to lead the Flames (6/15).
• During the stretch, Liberty posted three consecutive shutouts. It is the first time in the history of the program that the Flames have accomplished this feat.
• Liberty did allowed a run for 39 straight innings, the longest such span in program history.
• RHP John Niggli struck out a career-high 12 batters in recording his first complete game shutout as a Flame in a 2-0 victory, Saturday.
• Liberty pitchers Tim Dudley, Blake Forslund and Kody Young combined for a two-hit shutout of #14 Virginia, last Tuesday. The trio allowed only two Virginia runners to reach as far as second base in the 8-0 win.
Last 10 Games:
• Liberty is 9-1 over its last 10 games
• During the stretch, the Flames posted a 7-1 record at home.
• 2B Bryan Aanderud has the best batting average over the last 10 games, .417. He has already posted four three-hit games this season.
• RHP Patrick Eckelbarger has not allowed a run over 16 innings to start the year.
Best Beginning Since 1995
• With a 12-1 record, Liberty is off to its best start to open a season since a 14-1 start in 1995.
• The start by the 1995 Flames is the best begin to a season in program history.
• This season's start is the best during Jim Toman's five-year tenure. Liberty began 11-1 under Toman in 2010.
Niggli Named Big South Pitcher of the Week for Second Time
• Right-hander John Niggli was named the Big South Pitcher of the Week for games played from Feb. 27-
• Niggli also earned the weekly award the the opening weekend of the 2012 season, Feb. 17-19.
• The senior recorded his first complete game of the season, allowing just two hits in a 2-0 shutout of
Coppin State, Saturday afternoon to claim his recent weekly honor.
• It was his first career shutout and the team's single-season record fifth of the year.
• Niggli held the Eagles to a .071 batting average, as just four Coppin State batters reached base during the game. The right-hander struck out a career-high 12 batters and walked two in the contest.
• He set down the side in order in five of the nine innings and finished the contest by retiring nine consecutive hitters.
Flames Shatter Program Shutout Record
• With three consecutive shutouts last week, Liberty has already eclipsed the program record for
shutouts in a season with six blankings.
• The 1978, 1981 and 2001 teams each pitched four shutouts in a year to set the previous standard.
• Four of Liberty's six shutouts in 2012 have been combined efforts, with seniors John Niggli and Patrick Eckelbarger each recording a complete-game shutout.
New Consecutive Innings Scoreless Streak
• This past week, Liberty did not allow a run for 39 consecutive innings to set a new program record.
• The new mark surpasses the 23 consecutive scoreless innings the Flames posted to begin the year.
• Fueling the streak was Liberty's three consecutive shutouts in a win over No. 14 Virginia and two wins over Coppin State. It is the first time in program history Liberty has pitched three consecutive shutouts.
• Liberty opened the season with back-to-back shutouts, Feb. 17 and 18, at the Citadel Challenge. It was the first time in the program's 38-year history the Flames had opened a year with two shutouts.
• The back-to-back shutouts were the first by the Flames since March 1996, when Liberty blanked
Delaware St. twice at the North Florida Tournament by the identical scores of 5-0.