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Quick Hits 1. Tuesday's meeting between Liberty and William & Mary was originally scheduled to be played in Williamsburg, Va. However, due to fi eld conditions, the game was moved to Liberty Baseball Stadium. 2. Liberty opened its 2016 season, winning one game of a three-game series at South Florida, this past weekend. Four pitchers combined for the 4-0 shutout in the Flames' lone win on Saturday evening. 3. Liberty was selected to fi nish third in the conference in the 2016 Big South Preseason Poll by the league's head coaches 4. The Tribe and Flames have not met since 2013 on the diamond. Visiting Liberty defeated William & Mary, 6-2, in the two teams last meeting at Pulmeri Park on March 12, 2013. Earlier in the season, the Tribe defeated the Flames, 5-3, at Liberty Baseball Stadium on March 5th. 5. The Flames posted a 33-23 overall record and tied Winthrop for third place in the Big South Conference standings with a 16-8 mark in 2015. 6. Liberty returns 19 players from last season, including fi ve position starters and six pitchers. The Flames have added 16 newcomers to their roster for the 2016 campaign.
Player Notes • 1B/LF Andrew Yacyk drove in a career-high six runs , Friday night at USF. Yacyk collected three hits, including two home runs, one a grand slam. • SS Dalton Britt, P Carson Herndon and Yacyk have been named team captains for 2016. • Britt, a senior, has started every game (180) since joining the Flames in 2012. He enters 2016 with a .273 career batting average with 87 RBI and 83 runs scored. • Last year, Britt hit .294 with 30 RBI and set career-high with 33 runs scored and seven home runs. The SS also had a 16-game hitting streak, the longest by any Liberty player in 2015. • OF D.J. Artis hit .500 during the Flames' three-game series at South Florida, this past weekend. The freshman went 4-for-5 and scored three runs in Liberty's season opener, Friday. • Freshman RHP Jack DeGroat recorded the win in his collegiate debut, Saturday. The pitcher threw 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, striking out four batters in Liberty's 4-0 win. • DeGroat combined with starter Victor Cole, Zach Helsel and Caleb Evans to record the shutout in the victory. • Evans pitched the final 1 1/3 innings to earn his fi rst save of his career. • OF Will Shepherd hit his first home run of 2016, Sunday at USF. Shepherd hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning. • INF Andrew Kowalo collected two doubles and a RBI in his fi rst start of the season, Sunday. He started at second base after Eric Grabowski started the fi rst two games for the Flames, this past weekend.
Toman Closes in on 300 • Liberty Head Coach Jim Toman enters the week with a 298 wins, two games shy of his milestone 300th career victory.
• With his 300 win, the nine-year Flames skipper becomes the second coach in Liberty program history to reach 300 wins, joining program founder and the winningest coach in program history Al Worthington. Worthington won 343 games during his 13 seasons at the helm of the Flames.
• The 2014 Big South Coach of the Year, Toman has posted the highest NCAA Division I winning percentage (.625) during his first eight years of any Liberty head baseball coach in program history.
• He also owns a .688 Big South Conference winning percentage, the best of any head coach in program history.
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