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Flames Head Out on Road for 3-Game Series at Charleston Southern

March 23, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty right-hander Evan Mitchell

Liberty right-hander Evan Mitchell

LIBERTY AT CHARLESTON SO.
March 24-26
CSU Ballpark
Charleston, S.C.

Friday – 6 p.m.
Saturday - 4 p.m.
Sunday - 2 p.m.


COMPLETE BASEBALL NOTES
 

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Video Coverage: Big South Network
 

Live Stats: Friday    Saturday    Sunday


Quick Hits

•  Liberty enters the weekend with a 12-7 overall record and a 2-1 mark in Big South Conference play.  In their last outing, the  Flames defeated James Madison, 5-1, Tuesday at Liberty Baseball Stadium.
•  With their win on Tuesday, the Flames closed an 11-game homestand, the second  longest in program history and the longest in the history of Liberty Baseball Stadium, with a 7-4 mark.  Liberty is 8-4 at home in 2017.
•  This weekend,  the Flames return to the road for the first time since defeating Elon, 1-0 in 10 innings on Feb. 28. Liberty has  won both its road games, this season.
•  Charleston Southen has posted an 11-7 overall record and a 1-2 mark in Big South action. Liberty has won nine out of the last  10 contests between the two teams and holds a 50-22 advantage in the all-time series.
•  Liberty outfielder D.J. Artis was named the Big South Player of the Week for games played March 13-19 on Monday.
•  The 2017 season is Liberty's first 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. 

Flames Take to the Road

After an 11-game homestand, the Flames return to the road, this weekend. Friday's contest at Charleston Southern will be not only its first road game since a 1-0, 10 inning victory at Elon on Feb. 28, but the first three-game road series in Big South Conference play for Liberty.
 
The Flames enter the weekend with a 2-0  road record. Liberty also defeated The Citadel, 9-1, on Feb. 19. With this weekend's series, four of the Flames' first five road games will have been played in Charleston, S.C.
 
Flames Finish the Homestand
With a 5-1 win over James Madison on Tuesday, Liberty ended its 11-game homestand with a 7-4 mark. The Flames won four of the five games to close out the stretch.
 
  The Flames' homestand was the  second longest in program history and the longest since Liberty began play at Liberty Baseball Stadium in 2013.
 
The longest homestand in school history consisted of 14 games in 1980, during which Head Coach Al Worthington's squad posted a 12-2 record. Liberty's current 11-game homestand will be the team's sixth of 10 or more games in its history. The last time the Flames had a homestand of 10 or more games was in 2005 (10 games).
 
Artis Tabbed Big South Baseball Player of the Week
Liberty outfielder D.J. Artis has been named the Big South Player of the Week for games played March 13-19.
 
Artis hit .500 and posted a .600 on base percentage during Liberty's three-game Big South series with High Point at Liberty Baseball Stadium, this past weekend. The sophomore from Greensboro, N.C., had at least one hit in each of the three games of the series, helping the Flames to take the series, 2-1.
 
Artis opened the weekend by belting the first grand slam of his career and his first home run of the season, Friday in the Flames' 11-1 victory. On Saturday, the outfielder went 3-for-3 with two walks and scored twice, before finishing the series with a RBI double and a run scored in Liberty's 14-2 win on Sunday.
 
The 2016 Big South Freshman of the Year, Artis leads the Flames with a .352 batting average, a .500 on base percentage and .556 slugging percentage.