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Liberty Baseball to Appear on ESPNU

January 8, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty catcher Errol Hollinger tags a Coastal Carolina runner out at home during a game last season.  This season, the two will meet in a televised game on ESPNU.

Liberty catcher Errol Hollinger tags a Coastal Carolina runner out at home during a game last season. This season, the two will meet in a televised game on ESPNU.

ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, has announced it will televise Liberty's baseball contest at Coastal Carolina on May 1 live from Charles L. Watson Stadium.

The telecast, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., will be a rematch of last year's Big South Championship title game. The two teams have met in the conference tournament final the last two seasons.

Liberty finished second in the conference regular season standings last years and reached the finals of the Big South Championship for the third consecutive season. For the fourth consecutive year, the Flames won 30 or more games in a season, fashioning a 35-26-1 mark in 2008. Head Coach Jim Toman's team's 35 victories were the most for a first year coach in school history. The Flames return Big South All-Conference catcher Errol Hollinger, who is on the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List for college baseball's national player of the year award, along with starting pitcher Dustin Umberger, who led the conference in strikeouts last season.

ESPNU is televising a regular-season Big South baseball game for the fourth consecutive year, as the network aired two ballgames in 2006 and one contest each in 2007 and 2008. It also will be the fifth straight year that Big South baseball will be televised.

Liberty begins it 2009 baseball season on Feb. 20 against Ole Miss, who is ranked in the Top 15 nationally in several preseason polls, at the Coca Cola Classic in Mobile, Ala.

ABOUT ESPNU
ESPNU launched on March 4, 2005. The 24-hour college sports television network features more than 550 live events annually, including college football, college basketball and Olympic sports from more than 25 Division I conferences, as well as premier high school content. The network also has a wide-ranging, long-term agreement with the NCAA for enhanced coverage of 22 NCAA Championships.

ESPNU also offers comprehensive studio programming, including live simulcasts of ESPN Radio's The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and replays the best games of the week from ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Regional Television. The brand is also available in high definition on ESPNU HD and online at ESPNU.com. In addition, ESPNU Campus Connection, a multi-platform student-generated content initiative, was introduced in August 2007.

ESPNU is available nationwide in more than 23 million households and has long-term carriage agreements with several Top 10 providers, including Charter, Cox, DIRECTV (Channel 614), DISH Network (Channel 148), Insight Communications, Mediacom, Suddenlink and Time Warner. ESPNU is also available on Verizon FIOS TV and AT&T U-verse.