Liberty left-hander Steven Evans
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The Games The Liberty Flames (23-12, 11-3 Big South) host the conference-leading Winthrop Eagles (24-12, 12-3 Big South) in a key Big South three-game series, Friday-Sunday at Worthington Stadium. The series gets underway Friday at 7 p.m., followed by the middle game of the three-game set, Saturday at 4 p.m. The series concludes Sunday, with game time scheduled for 1 p.m. What to Watch The Flames begin the weekend one game behind in the Big South standings with an 11-3 record. Liberty's current mark is tied for the best start by a Flames team in conference play. Liberty enters the weekend hitting .325 as team in conference play, while the Flames mound staff has posted a 4.75 ERA through 14 Big South Conference contests. Curran Redal paces the Liberty with a .422 batting average. He leads the conference in hits with 57 and is second in batting average. On Tuesday, the junior center fielder tied the Big South record for consecutive games with at least one hit, when he singled in the first inning for at least a one hit in 31 straight games. Left-handers Steven Evans and Shawn Teufel, who will start games this weekend for Liberty, each have posted a team-high five wins. Last Friday, Teufel struck out nine in a win over UNC Asheville, the most by a Flames pitcher this season. Winthrop brings a Big South leading 12 victories into the series this weekend. The Eagles are hitting .338 in conference, while their pitchers open the three-game set with a 3.25 ERA in Big South play. First baseman Eddie Tisdale, who is among the conference leaders in several offensive categories, leads Winthrop with a .393 batting average. He also is the Eagle leader in RBIs with 37. Third baseman Matt Thielepape earned Big South Player of the Week honors this week, batting .684 (13-19) with four home runs and six RBI in games played from April 6-12. On the season, he is one of nine Eagles hitting .300 or better, with a .355 average.
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