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Artis Tabbed Big South Baseball Player of the Week; McDyre Co-Freshman of the Week

April 24, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Outfielder D.J. Artis has been named the Big South Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Outfielder D.J. Artis has been named the Big South Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Liberty outfielder D.J. Artis has been named the Big South Player of the Week and third baseman Trey McDyre was selected the Co-Big South Freshman of the Week for games played April 17-23.

Artis hit .615, five RBI, seven runs scored, helping the Flames post a 3-1 mark this past week. The sophomore, who was also the Big South Player of the Week for March 13-19, posted a .714 on base percentage and had at least one hit or more in each game during the week.

Artis opened the week with three hits, one a solo home run in the fifth inning to tie the game at 1-1, in a 5-2 win over No. 3 North Carolina, Tuesday. He also walked once and scored twice. In Liberty's weekend series at Gardner-Webb, the sophomore went 5-for-9 (.556) with four RBI and five runs scored. He also walked seven times and swiped three bags in Liberty's four contests.

Artis leads the Flames with a .357 batting average and leads the Big South with a .497 on base percentage. The outfielder is tied for second in the conference with 32 runs scored and has also knocked in 29. He has reached base in 27 straight games.

McDyre was named Co-Freshman of the Week with Longwood outfielder Antwaun Tucker. The third baseman recorded six hits with eight RBI and five runs scored during the week. His week was highlighted by a three-run double in the eighth inning to give Liberty the lead in its 5-2 victory over against North Carolina on Tuesday. Against Gardner-Webb, he closed the series with a 3-for-5 performance, headlined by his first collegiate grand slam, in addition to five RBI and two runs scored in the Flames' 17-4 win on Saturday.

McDyre has hit .313 with 23 RBI and 24 runs scored in 26 games this season.

Artis, McDyre and the Flames, 22-15 overall and 9-6 in the Big South, travel up Route 460 for a three-game series at Longwood, this weekend. The series gets underway on Friday at 7 p.m.