2012 Big South All-Conference first team pitcher John Niggli
Tuesday, May 22 - 4:30 p.m. No. 6 Seed UNC Asheville
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Flames At the Big South Baseball Championship • Liberty is making its 16th appearance at the Big South Baseball Championship. • The Flames enter the 2012 championship having compiled a 45-25 overall record in previous tournament appearances. • Liberty is the No. 3 seed for the championship. The last time the Flames were the No. 3 seed was 2009. • The Flames have been the runner-up in the Big South Championship four out of the last six years. • Under a new format, Liberty is in Bracket Two for the tournament, which includes Campbell, High Point and UNC Asehville. The Flames are 11-3 against the members of the bracket in Big South tournament play. Liberty has never played Campbell during the Big South Championship. Finishing on the Road • Liberty finished out its 2012 regular season with four road games last week. The Flames split the four games. • Liberty completed the regular season with a 18-8 record away from Lynchburg. The Flames posted a 13-7 record in away games and 5-1 in neutral site games.
Four Years of 35 or More Wins • With a 6-3 victory over High Point on May 12, the Flames earned their 36th win of the year. • In four of Jim Toman's five years at the helm of the program, Liberty has posted 35 or more wins. • In 2010, the Flames won a school-record 43 games under Toman. • Liberty has won 30 or more games in each of the past eight years. Close Named 2012 Big South Freshman of the Year • 1B Alex Close was selected by the Big South head coaches as the 2012 Big South Freshman of the Year • Close becomes the third Flame to garner the award, joining OF Keith Butler (2000) and RHP Tim Harrell (1995) • Entering the week, Close leads the Big South with 12 home runs. He is hitting .298 with 42 RBIs. • Close is currently tied with Pat Sipe (1983) for the most home runs in a season by a Liberty freshman in program history. Four Flames on All-Conference Team • 2B Bryan Aanderud, SS Zack Haley, OF Ian Parmley and RHP John Niggli were all named to 2012 Big South All-Conference teams. • Each player recieved his first all-conference mention. • Parmley and Niggli were selected to the all-conference first team. • Aanderud and Haley were named to the all-conference second team. • Parmley also earned inclusion on the Big South All-Academic team.
Close Ties Freshman HR Record • With two home runs in Liberty's 13-8 victory over Radford, Friday, 1B Alex Close tied Pat Sipe's 1983 season total for the most by a freshman in program history at 12. • The total is ninth on Liberty's all-time single-season home run list. • Currently, Close leads the Big South in home runs. Parmley Among Top Liberty Career Base Swipers • OF Ian Parmley enters the week with 55 career stolen bases. The total places him seventh on Liberty's career list. • For the second consecutive season, Parmley has entered the program's season top 10 list in the category. He has a person single-season high of 28 steals, which is second in the Big South Conference this season. The total is sixth on Liberty's season list. • Last season, Parmley had 27 stolen bases, which is also on Liberty's season list, ranking seventh. Haley Enters Season Doubles List • With 20 doubles, SS Zack Haley has moved into Liberty's season Top 10 list. • Haley's season total ties him for eighth with current Liberty assistant Matt Hagen, who hit 20 doubles in 2002. • Haley is currently the Big South leader in two-base hits. • Last season, Haley had 10 doubles. • Former Liberty outfielder Phillip Laurent tops the program's doubles list with 27 doubles in 2006. Parmley Enters Season Runs Scoring List • OF Ian Parmley has moved in Liberty's Top 10 season list in runs scored. • The senior has plated 65 runs this season, placing second on Liberty's season list. • Parmley is three shy of program leader Chad Miller, who scored 68 runs in 2006. • He enters the week tied for the Big South lead in the category. • Parmley has already surpassed his 2011 total of 48 runs scored. In both seasons, he has led the Flames in the category.
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