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Liberty to Face No. 13 North Carolina in 3-Game Weekend Series

March 1, 2018  Chapel Hill, N.C.  RSS
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Liberty to Face No. 13 North Carolina in 3-Game Weekend Series

March 2-4
Boshamer Stadium
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Friday – 3 p.m.
Saturday - 2 p.m.
Sunday - 1 p.m.


Friday     Saturday      Sunday

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Live Stats:   Friday     Saturday     Sunday

Quick Hits
• After a successful 6-1 homestand, Liberty fell in its first road contest of the year, 4-3, at Elon on Wednesday.
• For the first time in each program's history, Liberty and North Carolina will meet in a three-game series, this weekend. The two teams have met 18 previous times, but never in a three-game series.
• The Flames finished  with their best road record since 2010, last season. Liberty posted a 15-7 (.682) mark on the road in 2017.
• Liberty was picked to finish second in the 2018 Big South Preseason Poll by the league's head coaches. In addition, Liberty outfielder D.J. Artis was tabbed the 2018 Big South Preseason Player of the Year.
• The Flames are in their second season under Head Coach Scott Jackson. He has led Liberty to a 38-25 record during his two seasons. Jackson was an assistant coach for eight years at North Carolina from 2009-16.
• Liberty assistant coach Bryant Gaines returns to alma mater, this weekend. Gaines was part of four College World Series (2007-2011) as member of the Tar Heels. He also spent the four years as part of the UNC coaching staff (2014-17).

Road Ramblings
After a successful 6-1 homestand to begin 2018, Liberty fell in its first road contest of the year, 4-3, at Elon on Wednesday.

Last season, the Flames won their first road contest of the year, defeating the Citadel, 9-1, on the final day of the 2017 Citadel Challenge on Feb. 19. The win snapped a four-game losing skid in their first road contest of the year.

Last season, the Flames finished  with their best road record since 2010. Liberty went 15-7 (.682) on the road.  Liberty finished the regular season by playing 12 of its last 19 games on the road and posted a 7-5 mark in those contests.

Liberty hit .294 as a team on the road in 2017. The Flames outscored their opponents, 213-107, a 4.82 run differential per game. The Flames also hit 31 of their 46 home runs this season on the  road.

D.J. Artis and Trey McDyre led Liberty in road batting average, last season. Artis hit .434, while McDyre batted .357. 

Around the Diamond
• LF Tre Todd enters the weekend ninth in the nation with a .629 on base percentage. The junior leads the Flames with a .409  batting average and  is eighth nationally with 11 walks.
•  C Jonathan Embry has been behind the plate for seven of Liberty's eight contests in 2018. He is second on the team with a .346 batting average.
•  1B Dylan Allen posted single-game career highs in hits and RBI in Liberty's 10-6 win over Binghamton, last Saturday. Allen went 4-for-5 with five RBI. He hit his second home run of the season and doubled twice in the contest. Allen is tied for the team lead with eight runs scored.
• With his 50th career stolen base last Friday, D.J. Artis has moved in the top 10 on the Liberty career list.  Currently tied for ninth all-time, he is five away from tying Aaron Grijalva (2005-08) for eighth.
• RHP Jackson Bertsch pitched eight scoreless innings, en route to his first win of 2018, Sunday. Bertsch, who allowed only one hit over the first eight, ended up finishing the game with a career-high 10 strikeouts over 8 1/3 innings.
RHP Garret Price recorded two more saves, last weekend and now has four to tie for the national lead. In four appearances, the sophomore has struck out 13 batters in six innings of work.