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Flames to Begin Fall Ball Friday

September 14, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Outfielder Ian Parmley is one of 17 returners for the Flames this fall.

Outfielder Ian Parmley is one of 17 returners for the Flames this fall.

The Liberty baseball program will begin its annual fall practice this Friday at Worthington Stadium.

The Flames, who will take to the field for the fifth year under the direction of Jim Toman, will practice as a team for the first time beginning at 3 p.m. Liberty will scrimmage on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Fall practice runs through Oct. 30 in preparation for the 2012 campaign, Liberty's last season at Worthington Stadium.  A new on-campus stadium will open for the program in 2013.

The team will hold practices every day of the week except Monday.  Practices are open to the public.  The program plans to hold intrasquad scrimmages on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For practice times, please consult Liberty baseball's Twitter.

During this year's fall practice, the team's annual scout day is planned for Sept. 27, where players will be able to showcase their talents for professional scouts.

Despite having a Liberty and Big South record seven players drafted in June's Major League Baseball Player Draft and another sign a free agent contract, the Flames return 17 players from last season's squad. They will be joined by 18 new faces on the roster this season.

"We are excited to begin the fall team segment of practice," said Toman. "We have been doing 4-player skill work, lifting weights and conditioning for the past several weeks."

I think the guys are ready to scrimmage and the coaches are eager to find out which players will step up.  I would imagine we have less at-bats and innings returning than any team in our conference so the fall is going to be very important. There are many jobs to be won and it will be very competitive.   With so many new players, the fall will be a learning experience for everyone".

Liberty went 35-24 last season, posting its seventh consecutive year with 30 or more wins. The streak is the longest in the 38-year history of the Flames program and includes a school-record 42-19 mark in 2010.

In addition, Liberty finished 18-9 in Big South Conference play in 2011, while posting a school-record 19 conference victories in 2010.  The Flames' combined 37 wins are the most by a Liberty team over two seasons since joining the Big South in 1992.