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Liberty Completes Homestand with Night Contest against VCU

March 26, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Trey Wimmer

              VCU at LIBERTY                   
Worthington Stadium | Lynchburg, Va.

Tuesday, March 27 - 6 p.m.
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Complete Notes

Among the Nation's Elite
• Liberty enters the week second in country with 23 wins. The Flames are tied with fellow Big South member
Campbell. Kentucky leads the nation with 24 wins.
• Liberty's .852 winning percentage is the seventh best in the nation. Kentucky also leads the category with
a .960 winning percentage.
• The Flames lead the country in runs allowed per game. Liberty enters the week, yielding 2.7 runs per
game.
• Liberty is also tied for the lead nationally in scoring margin. The Flames and have averaged 5.0 more runs
per game than their opponents, tying them with the Stanford Cardinal.

Quick Hits
• Liberty is 14-3 (.824) in the month of March. The Flames are 59-32 (.648) during the month under head coach Jim
Toman.
• The Flames are 14-4 (.778) at home this season and 83-37-1 (.690) at Worthington Stadium under head
coach Jim Toman.
• Liberty enters the week with the sixth lowest ERA in the nation (2.39).
• Liberty has scored 208 runs this season, the fi fth most among NCAA Division I teams.
• With an 8-0 win over Gardner-Webb this past Friday, Liberty has recorded eight shutouts this season, setting a new program record. The Flames have doubled the previous record of four.

A Season of Win Streaks
• Liberty has had three winning streaks of seven or more games this season.
• The Flames had their second seven-game winning streak halted Saturday.
• Liberty's longest win streak is nine games from Feb. 26-March 10.
• The nine-game win streak ties the Liberty NCAA Division I record, which has been reached six times.
• The program record is 15 set in 1976, the program's third year in existence.

Catching Base Theives
• Entering the week, Liberty has allowed only eight stolen bases.
• Catcher Trey Wimmer has thrown out 10 base runners and enters the week having caught 56
percent of would be base stealers.

Run Scoring Duo
• Liberty outfielders  Ian Parmley  and Andy Smith entered the week tied for second in the Big South
Conference with 33 runs scored.
• The two are also among the top five in the country in runs scored, ranking fifth
• The fi rst two hitters in the Flames' line-up, Smith was second in the country with 30 runs, while
Parmley was third with 29 runs.
• The two have helped Liberty post 208 runs through Sunday, the fi fth most among NCAA Division
I teams.

Pitchers Niggli, Eckelbarger Pace Conference
• Seniors John Niggli and  Patrick Eckelbarger open the week atop the Big South rankings in wins.
• Niggli leads the conference with a 6-0 record, while Eckelbarger is second with a 5-0 mark.
• Niggli leads the nation in wins with his 6-0 mark.
• Niggli also has pitched the most innings of any Big South Conference pitcher this season, with 44
2/3 innings.
• Eckelbarger has been the hardest pitcher to hit in the conference. Opponents have posted a
.153 batting average against the right-hander.
• As a team, Liberty enters the week with the sixth lowest ERA in the nation.