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Flames to Play 4 Games During Baseball at the Beach

February 25, 2016  Myrtle Beach, S.C.  RSS
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Third baseman Dylan Allen is one of two Flames to collected a hit in each of Liberty's first four games.

Third baseman Dylan Allen is one of two Flames to collected a hit in each of Liberty's first four games.

Feb. 26-28
Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Friday – Marshall vs. Liberty – 12 p.m.
Saturday –Liberty vs. Duke – 12 p.m.  
Saturday – Liberty vs. Marshall – 4 p.m.
Sunday – Liberty vs. Ohio State – 1 p.m


LFSN Radio Coverage:
93.3FM/1320AM WVGM (Fri.-Sun.)

93.3FM/1320AM WVGM (Sat. Gm. 1)

Live Stats:
Friday (StatBroadcast)

Saturday (Provided by Duke)

Saturday (Provided by Marshall)

Sunday (Provided by Ohio State)

Quick Hits
1. The Flames will be playing four games in the Baseball at the Beach Tournament, this weekend. It is the first time Liberty has ever played in the tournament.

2. The Baseball at the Beach Tournament field includes Duke, Marshall, Ohio State, host No. 21 Coastal Carolina and Liberty. The Flames will play Duke, Marshall and Ohio State, this weekend.

3. Liberty Head Coach Jim Toman enters the weekend with a 299 wins, one shy of his 300th career victory.

4. Liberty opened its home schedule with an 8-4 victory over William & Mary,  Tuesday at Liberty Baseball Stadium. The contest was also the first midweek game for the Flames in 2016.

5. Liberty was selected to finish third in the conference in the 2016 Big South Preseason Poll by the league's head coaches

6. Liberty returns 19 players from last season, including five position starters and six pitchers. The Flames have added 16 newcomers to their roster for the 2016 campaign.

Toman Closes in on 300
• Liberty Head Coach Jim Toman enters the weekend with 299 career wins, one game shy of his milestone 300th victory.
• With his 300 win, the nine-year Flames skipper becomes the second coach in Liberty program history to reach 300 wins, joining program founder and the winningest coach in program history Al Worthington. Worthington won 343 games during his 13 seasons at the helm of the Flames.
• The 2014 Big South Coach of the Year, Toman has posted the highest NCAA Division I winning percentage (.625) during his first eight years of any Liberty head baseball coach in program history.
• He also owns a .688 Big South Conference winning percentage, the best of any head coach in program history.

Newcomers Make Mark Early
• Freshmen D.J. Artis and Jack DeGroat and junior college transfer Andrew Kowalo have played key roles for the Flames through the first four games of 2016.
• Artis has hit .438, scored five runs and drove in five runs in his first four college contests. The freshman has two triples and hit his first collegiate home run, Sunday at South Florida. The Flames' leadoff hitter has had at least one hit in each of Liberty's four contests and debuted with four hits, scoring three runs in the season opener at USF, last Friday.
• Artis was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 2015 MLB Draft. The outfielder was named to the 2015 All-USA North Carolina baseball team and was 2015 All-Area Player of the Year at South Guilford High School in Greensboro, N.C.
• DeGroat did not allow a run in 3 2/3 innings, recording the victory in his first collegiate appearance in the  Flames' 4-0 win, Saturday at South Florida. The right-hander struck out four.
• The freshman pitcher, who is expected to recieve his first collegiate start on Friday, was the 2015 Virginia 3A State Player of the Year at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, Va.
• Kowalo has hit .500 with four RBI in three games this season.  He has started two games at second base. All four of the junior's hits have gone for extra bases - three doubles and a home run. Tuesday, the transfer from Potomac State, belted his first home run as a Flame in the sixth inning of Liberty's 8-4 victory over William & Mary.

Player Notes
• OF D.J. Artis and 3B Dylan Allen have had at least one hit in each of the Flames' first four games, this season. Allen has hit .313 to start the  year, after missing most of 2015 with an injury.
• 1B Sammy Taormina collected his first multi-hit game of the season, Tuesday. The junior had two hits and scored two runs in the victory over William & Mary.
• RHP Shane Quarterley recorded his victory in a Flames' uniform, Tuesday. The junior college transfer came on in the third inning to end a William & Mary scoring threat in Liberty's 8-4 victory.
• RHP Geoffery Murphy pitched three scoreless innings in the Flames' win over William & Mary, Tuesday. The right-hander did not allow a hit in his Liberty debut.
• RHP Jack DeGroat combined with starter Victor Cole, Zach Helsel and Caleb Evans to shutout USF in the victory.
• Evans pitched the final 1 1/3 innings to earn his first save of his career.
• OF Will Shepherd hit his first home run of 2016, this past Sunday at South Florida. Shepherd hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning.
• LHP Michael Stafford struck out five batters in three innings in his first start of the year, last Sunday at South Florida.