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Liberty Ends March with Contest at Duke

March 28, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Shane Quarterley

Shane Quarterley

LIBERTY AT DUKE
March 29
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Durham, N.C.
6 p.m.

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Quick Hits
1. Liberty opened the Big South Conference portion of its schedule with a three-game sweep of UNC Asheville, this past weekend at Liberty Baseball Stadium. The sweep runs the Flames' record to 16-10 overall and 3-0 in conference play.


2. All five of Liberty's midweek contests in the month of March were road contests.  Tuesday's game at Duke completes that string. 

3. Tuesday's game is the final contest of 19 for the Flames during the month of March.  Liberty has posted an 11-7 record during the month, so far.  Liberty played 14 out of their 19 scheduled contests in March at Liberty Baseball Stadium. All 14 home games were part of weekend series.  The Flames completed those games with a 10-4 mark.

4. Tuesday's contest is the second of three games between the Blue Devils and Flames, this season.  Liberty defeated Duke, 1-0, at Pelicans Park in Myrtle Beach, S.C. during the Baseball at the Beach Tournament on Feb. 27. The two teams are scheduled to meet again in two weeks (April 19) at Liberty Baseball Stadium.
 
5. Tuesday's game is the first between Duke and Liberty at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.  The Bulls are the Triple A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. All previous meetings in Durham have come Jack Coombs Field.

 

Quick Hits
• Shepherd collected his fourth three-hit game of the year and drove in two runs in 6-5 win over Asheville, Friday night.

• Shepherd hit his third home run of the year and scored three times in 11-5 win over Asheville, Sunday. >• The outfielder leads the Flames and is second in the Big South in runs scored.

• OF D.J. Artis reached base in each of his four plate appearances in an 11-5 win over Asheville, Saturday. He went 3-for-3 with a walk, a RBI and two runs scored. He also stole his team-leading ninth base.

• Artis had two hits, including driving in the go-ahead run in the eight inning of a 7-6 win over Asheville, Thursday.

• Artis leads the Flames and the Big South Conference with a .540 on base percentage. He is among the top three in the conference and leads Liberty in batting average (.411), hits (39) and walks (25).
 
• RHP Shane Quarterley leads the Flames in appearances with 12.   This past weekend, Quarterley picked up his fourth win of the year with 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief in a 6-5 win over Asheville, Thursday.

• The following evening, Quarterley recorded the final out of the contest to earn his fourth saves.

• Quarterley also leads the Big South in appearances, is second in saves (4) and third in wins (4).

• RHP Zach Helsel did not allow a run over a four-inning relief stint to record his first collegiate win, Saturday. Helsel scattered three hits, striking out a batter and not walking one.

• 1B/OF Andrew Yacyk collected three hits and a RBI in 6-5 win over Asheville, Friday.

• Yacyk went 5-for-6 in his return to his home state of Maryland, this past Tuesday against the Maryland Terrapins. The Hagerstown, Md., native drove in three runs, setting a new career-high for hits.

• Yacyk leads the Flames with 27 RBI and is among the Big South leaders.