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Liberty Faces Marshall in Nonconference Weekend Series

March 29, 2012
|  Beckley, W. Va.
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Ian Parmley

             LIBERTY vs. MARSHALL            
Linda K. Epling Stadium | Beckley, W. Va.

Friday, March 29 - 7 p.m.
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Saturday, March 30 - 5 p.m.
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Sunday, April 1 - 1 p.m.
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Complete Notes

Quick Hits
• Liberty swept a three-game series from Marshall in Lynchburg, the last time the teams met in 2007.
• Liberty is 3-0 in games played on neutral fields this season.
• Liberty enters the weekend tied for second in country in wins. The Flames are tied with fellow Big South member Campbell and Florida with 23. Kentucky leads the nation with 25 wins.
• Liberty's .821 winning percentage is the seventh best in the nation.  Kentucky also leads the category with a .962 winning percentage.
• The Flames lead the country in runs allowed per game. Liberty enters the weekend, yielding 2.8 runs per nine innings.
• Liberty leads the nation in scoring margin.  The Flames and have averaged 4.7 more runs per game than their opponents.
• Liberty currently has the longest road winning streak of any team in the nation this season - nine games. The Flames have not lost a contest away from Lynchburg this season, winning three neutral site games to go along with its six road contests.
• Liberty has posted the nation's top road record of 6-0.  UCLA is next at 4-0.
• Liberty is 14-4 (.778) in the month of March. The Flames are 59-33 (.642) during the month under head coach Jim Toman.
• Liberty entered the week with the sixth lowest ERA in the nation (2.39).
• Liberty entered the week having scored 208 runs this season, the fifth most among NCAA Division I teams.
• Entering the weekend, Liberty has allowed only nine stolen bases.  
• With an 8-0 win over Gardner-Webb last Friday, Liberty has recorded eight shutouts this season, setting a new program record. The Flames have doubled the previous record of four.

The Roadies
• Liberty currently has the longest road winning streak of any team in the nation this season - nine games. The Flames have not lost a contest away from Lynchburg this season, winning three neutral site games to go along with its six road contest.
• Liberty has posted the nation's top road record of 6-0.  UCLA  at 4-0 is next.

Catching Base Theives
• Entering the weekend, Liberty has allowed only nine stolen bases.  
• Catcher Trey Wimmer has thrown out 11 base runners and enters the week having caught 55 percent of would be base stealers.

Run Scoring Duo
• Liberty outfielders Ian Parmley and Andy Smith among the the top three run producers in the Big South Conference. Smith is second in the conference, having scored 34 runs.  Parmley is third with 33.
• Manning the first spots in the Flames' lineup, the two entered the week tied for fifth in the the country in runs scored (NCAA Division I Statistical Report through 3/25).
• The two have helped Liberty post 208 runs through last Sunday, the fifth 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 entered the week with the sixth lowest ERA in the nation.