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Baseball Notes - Games 51-53 - Winthrop

May 10, 2007  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty senior shortstop Patrick Gaillard

Liberty senior shortstop Patrick Gaillard

Complete Notes - Games 51-53 - Winthrop

The Games
   The Liberty University Flames (28-22, 9-6 Big South) host the Big South-leading Winthrop University Eagles (30-19, 14-1 Big South) in a key three-game conference weekend series at Worthington Stadium, Friday-Sunday. The series will mark the final three home games of the season for the Flames. It will open on Friday at 4 p.m., followed by games on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
   Sunday afternoon will be Senior Day. Before the game, the six members of the Flames who will be playing in their final home game at Worthington Stadium that afternoon will be honored.

 The Series Against Winthrop
   Friday afternoon's contest will be the 53rd meeting between the Flames and Eagles on the diamond. The two teams first met in 1981. Winthrop holds a 29-23 advantage in the all-time series between the squads.
   Last season, the No. 29 Eagles swept all three games between the two teams at the Winthrop Ballpark in Rock Hill, S.C., March 24-26, 13-1, 8-7 and 10-8. However, the Flames came back to take both meetings at the 2006 Big South Championship. Sixth-seeded Liberty defeated second-seeded Winthrop in the first game of the tournament,  9-6, on May 24. The Flames eliminated the Eagles three days later with an 11-7 victory on May 27.

The Last Time Out
    Arizona designated hitter Oliver Padre's single with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning scored the game-winning run from second base as the No. 15 Wildcats edged  the  Flames, 7-6 in 10 innings, Sunday afternoon at Kindall Field at Sancet Stadium.
    The two squads exchanged five-run frames in the second inning. After the Wildcats scored to go on top in the bottom of the sixth, the Flames knotted the score again at 7-7 in the top of the seventh on a single by P. K. Keller.
    Tim John pitched out of several late-inning jams, before yielding the winning run in the bottom of the 10th.
    Hot-hitting Arizona had taken the first two contests in the series, 16-2 and 16-3. 

Recognizing the Flames Playing in their Final Home Games
    Outfielder Derek Bennion, shortstop Patrick Gaillard, outfielder Phil John, pitcher Tim John, outfielder/designated hitter Tim Nanry and pitcher Michael Solbach will be playing in their final games as Liberty Flames at Worthington Stadium this weekend.
   The Liberty athletics department and baseball program thank the six players for their contributions to and impact upon the Flames baseball program.

Flames on the Radio
  This season, the Flames Sports Network plans to broadcast 20 Liberty baseball regular season games. Games will air live on WWMC 90.9 FM "The Light" and on the World Wide Web at both and The station‘s next broadcast is planned for May 13 against Winthrop. The broadcast is scheduled to begin around 2 p.m.