Outfielder Will Shepherd
COMPLETE BASEBALL NOTES
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Quick Hits 1. Liberty enters this weekend's series against Bryant with a 3-3 record. The Flames went 1-2 at the Keith LeClassic in Greenville, N.C., last week. Liberty fell to St. John's, 4-1, and UNCG, 6-5, Saturday. Liberty rebounded with a 4-3 win over host East Carolina on Sunday.
2. The Flames will open their third season of play at the Liberty Baseball Stadium, Friday. 30 home games are scheduled for Liberty Baseball Stadium in 2015. Last season, the Flames posted a 22-5 mark at home.
3. Liberty and Bryant have met only once before on the baseball diamond. The two met in a midweek game at Worthington Stadium in Lynchburg. Bryant defeated Liberty, 6-2, in that meeting
4. Senior catcher Becker Sankey was selected as the Big South Player of the Week for the season's opening weekend, Feb. 13-15. He hit .500 with two home runs.
5. Liberty junior shortstop Dalton Britt was honored by the Pitt-Greenville Hot Stove Baseball League as its Amateur Player of the Year.
6. For the second consecutive year, Liberty was selected to win the conference title in the 2015 Big South Preseason Poll. Flames 1B Alex Close was voted as the conference's Preseason Player of the Year. Liberty posted a 41-18 overall mark and a 23-3 Big South record in 2014.
Tracking Liberty • The Flames will open their third season of play at the Liberty Baseball Stadium, Friday. The Flames posted a 22-5 mark at home in 2015
• Liberty went 1-2 at the Keith LeClassic in Greenville, N.C., this past weekend. The Flames fell to St. John's, 4-1, and UNCG, 6-5, Saturday. Liberty rebounded with a 4-3 win over host East Carolina on Sunday.
• Liberty has averaged 6.3 runs per game, while allowing 5.3 runners per game, so far in 2015.
• C Becker Sankey was named the Big South Player of the Week for Feb. 13-15, the opening weekend of the 2015 season.
• The Flames were selected to win the conference title in the 2015 Big South Preseason Poll. 1B Alex Close was voted as the conference's Preseason Player of the Year.
• Liberty returns 20 players from last season's 41-18 team, including Close, Big South Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-American Parker Bean and All-Big South players Dalton Britt and Ashton Perritt.
• Liberty averaged 5.5 runs per game, while allowing its opponents 3.2 runs per game last season. The Flames finished 2014, 14th in the country in runs allowed per game.
• The Flames led the Big South Conference in 2014 with a school-record 2.62 ERA and finished the year ranked 14th nationally. Liberty pitching also ranked eighth nationally in hits allowed (7.25 per nine innings).
Liberty Baseball Stadium - Ranked as One of the Best Stadium Experiences • The Flames will open their third season of play at the Liberty Baseball Stadium, Friday. 30 home games are scheduled for Liberty Baseball Stadium in 2015. Last season, the Flames posted a 22-5 mark at home.
• The Liberty Baseball Stadium was ranked as one of the Top 100 stadium experiences of 2014 by Stadium Journey. The home of the Liberty baseball program was listed No. 52. Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles, topped the list.
• Opened two years ago, Stadium Journey ranked the Liberty Baseball Stadium No. 4 among collegiate baseball stadiums on the list.
• Stadium Journey's ratings took into account the food and beverage served in the stadium, the overall atmosphere, the neighborhood where the stadium is located, the fans, access (which includes traffic, parking, ability to move around and rest rooms), the overall return on investment and one final "extras" category.
• Liberty averaged 1,467 fans per home date at Liberty Baseball Stadium in 2014, ranking 43rd in the nation in the final regular season NCBWA Attendance report.
• Liberty has drew 38,142 fans (49th in total attendance) over 26 dates at Liberty Baseball Stadium in 2014.
• Since opening Liberty Baseball in 2013, the Flames have averaged 1,219 fans per game.
• On April 4, 2014, the Flames drew 2,792 fans against VMI, setting the stadium record for attendance.
• After 34 years of playing at Worthington Stadium, the Flames christened the new facility, with a three-game sweep of Penn State, Feb. 23-24, 2013.
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