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Liberty to Face Virginia Tech in Midweek Road Game, Tuesday

March 25, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty to Face Virginia Tech in Midweek Road Game, Tuesday

LIBERTY AT VIRGINIA TECH
March 26
English Field at Union Park

Tuesday – 4 p.m.

COMPLETE BASEBALL NOTES

Television Coverage: ACC Network +

LFSN Radio Coverage: 93.3FM ESPN Radio

Live Stats: Tuesday

Quick Hits
• Liberty heads out on the road for the first time since a 5-4 win at USF on March 10, when the Flames travel to Blacksburg, Va. for their second meeting of the year with the Virginia Tech Hokies on Tuesday.

• The Flames defeated the Hokies 4-3 earlier this season at Liberty Baseball Stadium. Liberty's March 5th win over Virginia Tech was the first time in the last seven meetings between the two teams that the home team has won the contest.

• Liberty is a 3-4 away from Liberty Baseball Stadium in 2019. The Flames took two out of three games from the USF Bulls in Tampa, Fla. on their last road trip, March 8-10.  Liberty will play five out of its next eight games on the road.

• The Flames completed an eight-game homestand, its longest of the season, with an 8-1 win over NJIT in ASUN Conference contest. Liberty posted a 6-2 record on the homestand, with a midweek victories over Virginia and No. 8 North Carolina.  Liberty is 14-2 at Liberty Baseball Stadium, this season.

• Liberty is 4-1 in midweek contests. All four of the Flames' victories have come against ACC opponents North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest at Liberty Baseball Stadium.

• The pitching staff has led the way for the Flames in 2019. Liberty enters the week with an ASUN-leading 3.28 ERA and has held opponents to a .219 batting average. Liberty pitching has posted a 1.21 WHIP, which ranks 22nd nationally, and has allowed 7.09 hits per nine innings, which is 16th nationally. The Flames are also seventh in the country with four shutouts.

• The Flames have had quite a month of March. Liberty has posted a 12-3 mark during the month, outscoring its opponents, 83-46. Liberty has hit .263, while holding opponents to a .215 batting average.

Embry Named ASUN Player of the Week
Jonathan Embry has been named ASUN Baseball Player of the Week. It is the second consecutive week that a Flame has been selected to receive the weekly honor as first baseman Logan Mathieu was tabbed the ASUN Player of the Week, last week.

Embry hit .438 with six RBI and five runs scored, as Liberty posted a 3-1 record. He collected at least one hit in each of the Flames' four games. The utility player hit his second home run of the season, which scored the only runs in Liberty's 2-0 victory over No. 8 North Carolina this past Tuesday.

Around the Diamond

  • 1B Logan Mathieu has the longest reached base streak by a Liberty player so far this season. The first baseman reached base safely in each of his first 19 contests. He has posted a .459 on base percentage during the month of March.
  • 2B Will Wagner leads the Flames with a .337 batting average and 28 hits. He has the longest hitting streak by a Liberty player this season of 12 games.
  • With 13 RBI during the month of March, 3B Tyler Galazin enters the week with a team-leading 17 RBI.
  • SS Cam Locklear has also driven in 13 runs during the month of March.
  • Over the last 10 games, center fielder Jaylen Guy has hit .323 and scored six runs. The freshman enters the week second in the ASUN with nine stolen bases.
  • On Sunday, Jonathan Embry made his first start in center field since 2017.
  • Evan Brabrand leads the ASUN Conference and is sixth nationally with seven saves. The right-hander has yet to allow a run over 21 1/3 innings this season.
  • Reliever Garret Price leads the ASUN Conference with a 1.05 ERA.  In 25 2/3 innings, the right-hander has held opponents to a .174 batting average.