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Liberty Hosts Gardner-Webb for Big South Baseball Series

March 22, 2012  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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First baseman Alex Close

First baseman Alex Close

 Worthington Stadium | Lynchburg, Va.

Friday, March 23 - DH - 3 p.m.
Game 1
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Game 2
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Saturday, March 24
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Complete Notes

Tracking Liberty
Last Five Games:

• Liberty is unbeaten in its last five games, hitting .356 as a team.
• 2B Bryan Aanderud has hit .591 during the stretch to lead the Flames. In three games last weekend at Presbyterian College, he hit .615 with one double, two triple and six RBIs.
• RHP Patrick Eckelbarger went the full nine innings for the first time in his Liberty career in a 5-2 win over Presbyterian College, Saturday. It was his second complete game of the season.  His earlier complete game was a seven-inning, 1-0 win over Siena on Feb. 25.

Last 10 Games:
• Liberty is 8-2 over its last 10 games, hitting .289 with 30 extra base hits.
• Aanderud has posted a team-highs with a .459 batting average, 10 RBIs and a .563 OBP over the span.
• RHP John Niggli has run his record to 5-0 with two wins over the stretch.
• RHP Carson Herndon faced 16 batters, one more than the minimum 15 over five scoreless innings to record the victory in his first collegiate start. in Liberty's 9-0 win over James Madison on 3/14.  The win was the seventh shutout for the Flames this season, a school record.

Quick Hits
• Liberty is 12-2 in the month of March. The Flames are 57-31 (.648) during the month under head coach Jim Toman.
• The Flames are 12-3 (.800) at home this season and 81-36-1 (.691) at Worthington Stadium under head coach Jim Toman.
• With its 13-3 win this past Sunday at Presbyterian College, the 2012 Liberty Flames recorded their 20th win of the year. It is the earliest in a season that the Flames have posted 20 victories in program history.
• Liberty was picked to finish second in the 2012 Big South Preseason Poll. The Flames have finished second in the conference standings in three of the last four season, including last year.

Among the Nation's Elite
• Liberty enters the weekend second in country with 21 wins. Kentucky leads the nation with 22 wins.
• Liberty's .875 winning percentage is the fifth best in the nation.  Kentucky also leads that category (1.000), as the Wildcats, 22-0, are the only unbeaten team left in NCAA Division I.
• The Flames are tied for sixth nationally in runs allowed per game. Liberty enters the week tied with Florida, Maryland and William & Mary, yielding 2.8 runs per game. Arkansas, Pepperdine, Portland, South Carolina and Stony Brook all lead the nation, allowing 2.7 runs per game
• Liberty also ranks second in the nation in scoring margin.  The Flames and have averaged 5.2 more runs per game than their opponents.  Stanford leads the nation by outscoring their opponents by 5.5 runs per contest.