The Liberty Flames baseball team will participate in the NCAA Charlottesville, Va. Regional and will play the Arkansas Razorbacks in their opening round game, Friday at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
The Flames and Razorbacks will meet in the second game of the day at Davenport Stadium, starting at 7 p.m. The regional matchups and seeds were announced on ESPNU earlier today.
Liberty, 41-16, will be the No. 3 seed in the regional, and while Arkansas garners the No. 2 seed. They will be joined in the regional by the host and No. 1 seed Virginia and No. 4 seed Bucknell, the 2014 Patriot League champions. The winners will meet in the second game on Saturday, while the losers will meet in an elimination game earlier in the day. Virginia received the No. 3 national seed.
For the second-straight season, Liberty earns a spot in an NCAA Regional. It is the first time in the 41-year history of the baseball program that it will participate in a regional in back-to-back years. Last year, the Flames claimed the Big South Conference's automatic bid and participated in the NCAA Columbia, S.C. Regional. Liberty defeated Clemson twice during the regional to reach its first regional final in program history.
Liberty receives its first-ever at-large selection in the baseball program's 41-year history and becomes only the second team in school history to receive an at-large selection to a NCAA Division I postseason tournament/event. The only other athletics team in Liberty history to obtain an at-large selection into an NCAA Division I postseason tournament/event has been the men's golf team, which received at-large selections three times (2003, 2006 and 2013).
For the fourth time in program history, the Flames won 40 or more games in a season in 2014. Three of the seasons have come under current Flames head coach Jim Toman as Liberty also posted 40-plus win season in 2010 and 2012 under the 2014 Big South Coach of the Year.
Liberty claimed the 2014 Big South regular season title with a 23-3 record. The Flames set a program record with their 23 Big South wins. At point during the year, Liberty won 20 consecutive conference games.
Arkansas enters the regional with a 38-23 record. The Razorbacks finished fourth in the SEC Western Division with a 16-14 mark.
Arkansas and Liberty will be meeting for the first time ever on the baseball diamond.
Liberty played seven teams this season that made the 2014 NCAA Baseball Regional Fields. The Flames squared off with Campbell, Clemson, Kent State, Maryland, North Carolina, Old Dominion and Virginia.
Tickets and information for the regional are available here.
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