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Liberty Opens Big South Play at Presbyterian College

March 15, 2012
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Senior right-hander John Niggli

LIBERTY at PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE 
  PC Baseball Complex | Clinton, S.C.

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Complete Notes

Tracking Liberty
• Tuesday, RHP Carson Herndon faced 16 batters, one more than the minimum 15 over five scoreless
innings to record the victory in his first collegiate start.
• Liberty defeated James Madison, 9-0, Tuesday for its seventh shutout, a school record.
• Liberty is 8-2 over its last 10 games
• During the stretch, the Flames posted a 7-2 record at home.
• OF Andy Smith has the highest batting average of any Flame during the span (.343) and scored 16 times.
• RHP John Niggli ran his record to  4-0 with two wins, including his first complete game shutout as a Flame on March 3.

Quick Hits
• For the 16th time in 21 years in the Big South, Liberty will start conference play on the road.
• Liberty is 28-28 in Big South opening three-game series.
• Liberty has enjoyed success in Big South Conference under head coach Jim Toman, setting several program records for conference wins. The Flames posted 19 Big South wins in 2010, the most in program history.
• The top three Big South season wins totals by Liberty have all been under Toman. Each have come in the past three seasons (2009, 2010, 2011)
• Liberty enters the weekend second in country with 17 wins. Kentucky leads the nation with 18 wins.
• The Flames are among the nation's elite, allowing 2.5 runs per game. Liberty ranks third in the listing.
• Liberty is 8-2 in the month of March. The Flames are 53-31 (.630) during the month under head coach Jim Toman.
• With a 16-2 record, Liberty posted its best start to a season in program history, bettering a 15-3 record to start the 1979 and 2006 seasons.  
• Fueling the run was two winning streaks.  Liberty ran off seven consecutive wins to begin 2012 and followed it with a nine-game winning streak, tying the longest by a Flames team at the Division I level.
• Liberty has already eclipsed the program record for shutouts in a season with seven. Previous program record was four.
• Liberty entered the week ranked seventh in the nation with 186 hits through this past Sunday.
• The Flames have collected double-digit hit totals in 13 of its 20 games this season.
• 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.

Flames in Big South Openers
• For the 16th time in 21 years in the Big South, Liberty will start conference play on the road.
• Liberty is 28-28 in Big South opening three-game series.
• Last season, Liberty opened its Big South schedule with a sweep of Charleston
Southern in Lynchburg, March 18-20.
• Of the 52 games, Liberty has opened conference play on the road 15 times, posting   a 16-23 record. The Flames have opened at home five times, going 12-5.     

Among the Nation's Elite
• Liberty enters the weekend second in country with 17 wins. Kentucky leads the nation with 18 wins.
• Liberty's .850 winning percentage is the ninth best in the nation.  Kentucky also leads that category (1.000), as the Wildcats are the only unbeaten team left in NCAA Division I.
• The Flames are third nationally in runs allowed per game. Liberty enters the weekend, yielding 2.5 runs per game. Defending National Champion South Carolina is tops in the nation, allowing 1.9 runs per contest.

Hit Parade
• Liberty entered the week ranked seventh in the nation with 186 hits through this past Sunday.
• The Flames have collected double-digit hit totals in 13 of its 20 games this season.
• Liberty's season high has been 16 in an 8-0 victory over Towson at the Citadel Challenge in Charleston, S.C. on Feb. 18.
• Liberty's hit total has helped the Flames to outscored their opponents, 149-51.  Head Coach Jim Toman's club enters Friday's game at Presbyterian College, averaging 7.5 runs per game.