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Liberty to Face UMBC & Kansas State at Lexington County vs. Cancer

February 24, 2017  Lexington, S.C.  RSS
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Eric Grabowski

Eric Grabowski

LEXINGTON COUNTY VS. CANCER
Feb. 24-26
Lexington, S.C.

Friday – Liberty vs. UMBC – 6 p.m.
Saturday –Kansas State vs. Liberty – 2 p.m.
Sunday – Liberty vs. Kansas State - 11 a.m.


COMPLETE BASEBALL NOTES

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Live Stats: Friday    Saturday   Sunday

Quick Hits
• Liberty enters Friday's game against UMBC at Lexington County Baseball Stadium with a 3-1 record, its best mark to start a season since begining 2012 with a 7-0 record. On Wednesday, the Flames edged Kentucky in their home opener, 5-4, at 
Liberty Baseball Stadium.
• UMBC will be opening its season, while Kansas State will face St. John's at Lexington County vs. Cancer on Friday. After defeating 
No. 4 South Carolina on Thursday, Kansas State enters the weekend with a 4-1 record.
• Liberty and UMBC have faced each other 21 times on the diamond with the last time being 2007. The Flames hold a 21-10 
mark against the Retrievers. UMBC was a member of the Big South Conference from 1993-98. 
• Kansas State defeated Liberty, 6-4, in the only meeting between the two schools in 1989. Kansas State will be the second Big 12 
school the Flames have met this season. Liberty defeated Kansas, 6-1, last Saturday.
• The 2017 season is the first for ther Flames under head coach Scott Jackson.  Jackson, who was an assistant coach at Liberty in 2008, spent the past eight seasons as an assistant on head coach Mike Fox's staff at North Carolina.
• Liberty first baseman Sammy Taormina was named the Big South Player of the Week for games played Feb. 17-19.
• Freshmen hit all three of Liberty's home runs this past weekend. Third baseman Ben Highfill hit the first home run of his career
in the Flames' win over Kansas, this past Saturday. Shortstop Cam Locklear belted two home runs in Liberty's victory over The Citadel on Sunday, becoming the first Flames freshman to hit two in a game since Alex Close on May 18, 2012.
 
Lexington County vs. Cancer
Kansas State, St. John's and UMBC join Liberty in this year's Lexington County vs. Cancer at Lexington County Baseball Stadium in Lexington, S.C . Due to Liberty and St. John's meeting in a three-game series at Liberty Baseball Stadium, March 10-12, the Flames and the Red Storm will not met this weekend. The Lexington County vs. Cancer schedule is as follows:
 
Friday, Feb. 24
St. John's vs. Kansas State 2 p.m.
Liberty vs. UMBC 6 p.m.
 
Saturday, Feb. 25
Kansas State vs. Liberty 2 p.m.
UMBC vs. St. John's 6 p.m.
 
Sunday, Feb. 26
Liberty vs. Kansas State 11 a.m.
St. John's vs. UMBC 2 p.m.
 
Recalling Recent Memories
Pardon the Flames and their fans, if they have several fond memories of the Lexington County Baseball Stadium from last season.  At the ballpark this past May, the Flames became the first No. 7 seed in the 15-year history of the Big South's eight-team tournament field to win its first three games, before falling, 1-0, to No. 1 seed Coastal Carolina, the 2016 College World Series Champion, in the title contest. It was the first time the stadium has hosted the tournament.

Right-hander Jack DeGroat allowed one run on four hits over 15 innings in two games at the Big South Baseball Championship.  DeGroat stuck out 15, including a career-high nine in seven innings in 6-1 win over High Point, earning Big South All-Tournament team honors. He was joined by pitcher/infielder Eric Grabowski and outfielder Will Shepherd on the team.

The Lexington County Baseball will once again be the site of the Big South Baseball Championship, this season.

Last Time Out
Relievers Garret Price and Jack DeGroat held the Kentucky bats in check over the final three innings, helping to propel the Liberty Flames to a 5-4 victory over the visiting Wildcats, Wednesday afternoon at Liberty Baseball Stadium.

Price, a freshman, pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings, allowing one hit and striking out two in the Flames' home opener. DeGroat took over in the ninth inning and retired the side in order to earn his first save of the season.

Liberty designated hitter Eric Grabowski hit a two-run home run, his first of the season, and first baseman Sammy Taormina, the Big South Player of the Week, had two hits, scored a run and drove in a run in the victory.