Team captain Andrew Yacyk was named to the 2016 Big South All-Conference first team.
2016 Big South Baseball Championship Central
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Quick Hits 1. Winners of six of its last seven contests, Liberty enters the 2016 Big South Baseball Championship with a 28-27 overall record. The Flames closed out their regular season by winning the last two games of a three-game series at High Point for a 2-1 series victory, this past Thursday and Friday.
2. Liberty ended the Big South regular season tied with Presbyterian and Winthrop for sixth place in the conference standings. With Presbyterian and Winthrop claiming tiebreakers over the Flames, Liberty is the No. 7 seed for this week's tournament, the first time in program history.
3. The Flames are making their 20th appearance in the Big South Baseball Championship. Liberty has have won four Big South titles, with the last one coming in 2013. The Flames enter the 2016 championship having compiled a 55-31 record at the tournament.
4. Liberty and High Point will be meeting for the second consecutive season on the first day of the Big South Baseball Championship. The Flames are 6-3 against the Panthers in the tournament.
5. Liberty outfielder D.J. Artis was selected the 2016 Big South Freshman of the Year. Artis and 1B/OF Andrew Yacyk were also named to the Big South All-Conference first team.
6. Shortstop Dalton Britt, who has started every game during his Liberty career, is expected to break the program record for games played, Tuesday. Britt will play in his 236th game, surpassing Trey Wimmer's (2009-14) previous mark of 235.
Player Notes • OF D.J. Artis was named the 2016 Big South Freshman of the Year, Monday. Artis was also selected to the all-conference first team along with Andrew Yacyk, who was named to the team as its utility player. • Artis is among the national leaders and second in the Big South Conference with 52 bases on balls. The OF has already eclipsed the former Liberty single-season program record of 49 walks set by Jeff Edwards in 1986. • Artis enters the week among the nation's top 12 and is second in the Big South with a .509 on base percentage. The freshman enters the 2016 Big South Baseball Championship among the conference leaders in batting average (third - .379), hits (fourth - 78), runs scored (sixth - 39), and stolen bases (third - 22). • Yacyk receives his first selection to the Big South All-Conference team. The junior is among the top nationally and third in the Big South with 21 doubles. He is also tied for ninth with 115 total bases and fifth with 48 RBI. • Yacyk collected his team-leading eighth three-hit game of the season in game one of a doubleheader at High Point, Thursday. The 1B hit his seventh home run of the year, a two-run shot, to break a 6-6 tie in the fifth. He also drove in three runs in the game, posting his ninth game of the season and his third in his last four games with three or more RBI. • Yacyk was selected as the Big South Player of the Week for May 9-15. Yacyk posted at least one double in each of Liberty's four victories during the week and closed the week 7-for-15 (.467) with eight RBI, four runs scored, and five doubles. • SS Dalton Britt, who has started every game during his Liberty career, is expected to break the program record for games played, Tuesday. Britt will play in his 236th game, surpassing Trey Wimmer's (2009-14) previous mark of 235. • For the second time in three games, 3B Eric Grabowski had three hits and drove in four or more runs in a contest in Liberty's 11-10 win in game two of a doubleheader at High Point, Thursday. • Grabowski went 3-for-4 with seven RBI and scored three times in Liberty's win over Radford on May 15. All three of his hits went for extra bases. The 3B hit his third home run of the season, a grand slam, and had two doubles on the afternoon, to post his single game career high for RBI. • Grabowski earned his first save in Liberty uniform, striking out two batters with the bases loaded in the seventh and striking out five in the Flames' win over High Point, Friday. • OF Will Shepherd posted his fourth three-hit game and connected on his seventh home run of the year to tie Andrew Yacyk for the team lead, Friday at High Point. The OF had two RBI and scored two runs. • DH Josh Latta had three hits, tying a career-high in game one of a doubleheader at High Point, Thursday. He had a RBI and scored a run. • C Payton Scarbrough and INF Andrew Kowalo hit home runs in Liberty's win over High Point, Friday. Scarbrough hit his fourth home run of the year in the contest. He had two hits and two RBI and scored two runs. • Kowalo, who entered the game at third base in the seventh, belted a grand slam in the Flames' nine-run ninth inning. The home run was the infielder's sixth of the year. • RHP Jordan Scott pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings to record his first save in a Liberty uniform in the Flames' 11-10 victory in game two of a doubleheader at High Point, Thursday. • Scott allowed only one runner over the first six innings, surrendering one hit in Liberty's win over Radford, May 15. The performance earned the right-hander his first win as a Flame. He gave up four runs on four hits over six-plus innings of work, his longest outing of 2016. He struck out three and walked one. • RHP Shane Quarterley leads the Flames in appearances with 27 and is currently tied for third in the Big South in the category. Quarterley is also third in the conference with seven saves.
Artis Named Big South Freshman of the Year; Joins Yacyk on All-Conference First Team • Outfielder D.J. Artis has been named the 2016 Big South Freshman of the Year and selected to the All-Conference first team. He is joined by Andrew Yacyk on the All-Conference first team. The team is selected by a vote of the conference's head coaches. • Artis becomes the fifth Liberty player to be selected the Big South Freshman of the Year. The pitcher joins pitcher Tim Harrell (1995), outfielder Keith Butler (2000), first baseman Alex Close (2012) and pitcher and Artis ' teammate Parker Bean (2014), as Flames who have received the conference honor. • Artis, also named to the all-conference first team, enters the week among the nation's top 12 and is second in the Big South Conference with a .509 on base percentage. • First baseman/outfielder Andrew Yacyk was named to his first all-conference team, being selected to the first team as its utility player. The junior has started at first base, in left field and as the designated hitter for the Flames, this season. • The Liberty team captain is among the national leaders and third in the Big South Conference with 21 doubles. He enters the Big South Baseball Championship tied for fourth on Liberty's single- season doubles list.
Britt to Set New Career Games Played Record • Shortstop Dalton Britt is expected to set a new Liberty career record for games played, when the Flames face High Point, Tuesday morning at the Big South Baseball Championship. The team captain is also among the program's top 10 in career hits. • Britt will play the 236th game of his career, Tuesday. The senior has started every game since joining the Flames in 2013, playing mostly at shortstop. In 2014, he played several games at third base early in the season, before moving back to shortstop. • Britt is currently tied with and will eclipse former catcher/first baseman Trey Wimmer with 235 career games played, the current program. Wimmer played for the Flames from 2009-14.
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