Liberty senior shortstop Patrick Gaillard
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.
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