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No. 2 Seed Liberty to Open ASUN Championship Play, Wednesday

May 21, 2019  DeLand, Fla.  RSS
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No. 2 Seed Liberty to Open ASUN Championship Play, Wednesday

2019 ASUN BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 22-25
Melching Field at Conrad Park

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Quick Hits
• Liberty will make its first ever appearance in the ASUN Conference Baseball Championship on Wednesday. The Flames posted a 15-9 record in their first season in the ASUN to claim the No. 2 seed for the tournament.
• The Flames have posted 37 wins, the most in the three-year tenure of Head Coach Scott Jackson and the most by a Liberty team since 2014.
• With a 3-2 win over Duke in the Flames' final home game of the regular season on May 14, Liberty head coach Scott Jackson recorded the 100th victory of his career.
• The Flames posted a 25-5 record at Liberty Baseball Stadium, this season. The mark is the best in the seven year history of the facility.
• Liberty posted an 12-13 mark on the road on the road during the regular season. The Flames have not played a neutral site contest yet this season.

Win Total Most Since 2014
• Liberty enters the ASUN Championship with a 37-18 overall record. The Flames' 37 wins are the most by a Liberty team since the 2014 season, when the Liberty posted a 41-18 mark.
• The Liberty program record for wins was set in 2010 when the Flames went 43-18.
• Liberty's 37 victories are the most during the three-year tenure of Head Coach Scott Jackson. The Flames head coach led the Flames 32 wins in each of his first two seasons.
• Liberty has won 30 or more games in each of the last 15 seasons. The Flames have topped 40 or more wins three times in their history, 1983, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Everybody Loves Embry
A fan favorite at Liberty Baseball Stadium, redshirt junior Jonathan Embry has had quite a season for the Flames. The catcher/outfielder has posted a .296 batting average with 37 RBI and 51 runs scored. He has posted a .517 slugging percentage, having belted nine home runs and collected 15 doubles, both team highs.

Embry enters the ASUN Baseball Championship as the conference leader in runs scored and walks. He is also among the ASUN leaders in doubles (T-4th), home runs (5th) and slugging percentage (5th).

Defensively, the Louisville, Kent., native has been rock solid. Embry has made only one error and has a fielding percentage of .998. He has five passed balls and has been a big reason that the Flames have only thrown 31 wild pitches, an ASUN Conference low.  

In addition, the Flames catcher and leadoff hitter has thrown out 33 percentage of runners trying to steal against him.

Around the Diamond

  • 1B Logan Mathieu leads the Flames and is second in the ASUN Conference with 48 RBI. He hit his seventh home run of the season, Thursday night at Florida Gulf Coast.
  • 2B Will Wagner leads the Flames with a .319 batting average.  He hit his sixth home run of the season on Saturday at Florida Gulf Coast. He has 16 multi-hit games, including five with three or more hits.
  • 3B Tyler Galazin enters the week with a career-high nine game hitting streak. The senior has hit .457 in his last 10 games to lead the Flames. He has seven RBI and scored seven runs during the span. He leads Liberty with 17 multi-hit games.
  • SS Cam Locklear has posted 16 multi-hit games, this season. In the field, the junior leads the ASUN Conference in fielding assists with 159.
  • LF Gray Betts is tied for fourth in the ASUN Conference with a .452 on base percentage. He has reached base safely in 30 consecutive games, the longest streak of the season by a Flame.
  • RF Brandon Rohrer has hit .336 with 12 RBI and 20 runs scored in Liberty's 24 ASUN Conference games.
  • DH Ben Highfill has hit .368 with six RBI and 10 runs scored over his last 10 games. The junior enters the week with an eight game hitting streak.
  • P Left-hander Joseph Adametz record his seventh victory of 2019, Friday in a 4-2 win at Florida Gulf Coast. He gave up two runs on seven hits over five innings. The freshman struck out five and walked one.
  • P Garret Price combined with starter Noah Skirrow to throw Liberty's seventh shutout of the season on May 12th against Lipscomb. Price  allowed one hit during his two-inning relief stint in the contest. He has been involved in four of the Flames' seven shutouts. Price enters the week third in the ASUN Conference with a 2.88 ERA and second in opponent batting average (.203).