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Liberty to Face Nationally-Ranked Virginia, Tuesday

May 1, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Pitcher Cody Gamble

Pitcher Cody Gamble

May 2
Davenport Field
Charlottesville, Va.

Liberty vs. Virginia – 6 p.m.


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Live Stats: Tuesday

Quick Hits
• Liberty enters Tuesday's contest with 26-15 overall record and  a 12-6 mark in the Big South. The Flames have won four-straight contests and come off a three-game sweep of Longwood in a Big South Conference series, this past weekend.
• Liberty has posted a 14-3 mark on the road. The record is the third best in Division I baseball according to 
• The Flames will complete an eight-game road trip, its longest of the season, on Tuesday. Liberty is 6-1 on the road trip.
• Virginia has posted a 35-11 overall mark and a 14-10 record in the ACC. The Cavaliers won two of its three-games at Florida State, this past weekend.
• Liberty and Virginia will be meeting for the second time in 2017 on Tuesday. The Cavaliers defeated the Flames, 10-2, to open the year in the Charleston Crab House Challenge on Feb. 17 in Charleston, S.C.  Virginia has won the last six meetings between the two squads and holds a 36-21-1 advantage in the all-time series.
• The 2017 season is Liberty's first under head coach Scott Jackson.  Jackson, who was an assistant coach at Liberty in 2008, spent the past eight seasons as an assistant on head coach Mike Fox's staff at North Carolina. 
• Tuesday will be a homecoming for Liberty assistant coach Tyler Cannon. Cannon played at Virginia from 2007-10 and holds the school record for games played (244) and doubles (62). He also served on the Cavaliers' coaching staff in 2014.
Road Ramblings
Liberty opened an eight-game road trip, its longest of the season, with a 5-2 win at No. 3 North Carolina, on April 18  and has gone on to post a 6-1 mark on the trip, so far.  The trip will end today at Virginia.

The Flames enter the weekend with an 14-3 record  on the road in 2017. The mark is the third best road record in Division I baseball according to Only No. 1 Oregon State (12-2) and North Carolina (11-2) have better road records.

On their current road swing, the Flames have hit .300 as a team  and have outscored their opponents, 79-38. Outfielder D.J. Artis has hit .583 and held a .711 on base percentage during the trip, while first baseman Sammy Taormina has belted
five home runs and knocked in 17 runs during the seven road games.

13 of Liberty's last 20 regular season games are on the road. Besides their current road trip, the Flames will have a five-game road swing in early May to complete their road schedule.

Artis Named Big South Player of the Week, McDyre Freshman of the Week
For the second straight week, Liberty outfielder D.J. Artis has been named the Big South Player of the Week and third baseman Trey McDyre garnered Big South Freshman of the Week honors. Both players earned the same awards last week.
The first two hitters in Liberty's batting order, Artis and McDyre helped spark a Flames' offense which hit .293 as a team and scored 39 runs in a three-game sweep of Longwood, this past weekend.
Artis hit .545 and had a .706 on base percentage during the Longwood series to be tabbed the Big South Player of the Week for the second straight week and the third time this season. He also scored eight times and collected seven RBI. The outfielder belted his fifth home run of the season in  Saturday's victory.
McDyre was named Freshman of the Week after a big weekend at the plate at Longwood. The third baseman batted .471 with five RBI and five runs scored. He had two or more hits in each of Liberty's wins over the weekend, including four during Friday's opener.
The Purcellville, Va., native belted his second home run of the season, a two-run shot, in Liberty's four-run seventh inning in the Flames' 6-3 win on Sunday.
ERA Tops the Big South
Liberty leads the Big South Conference with a 3.83 team earned run average (ERA) and tops the conference with a .250 opponent batting average.
The Liberty bullpen has led the way for the mound corps. Flames' relievers have combined to allow 57  earned runs over 166 1/3 innings for a 3.08 ERA and has stranded 67% of the runners it has inherited in 2017.  Right-handers Cody Gamble has stranded 83% , while fellow right-hander Shane Quarterley has stranded 75% of the runners each has inherited.
In addition, the Flames have three starters among the Big South leaders in ERA. Evan Mitchell (fifth - 3.00), Caleb Evans (sixth - 3.07) and Garret Price (ninth - 3.40) all list among the conference's top 10.

Artis Among National Leaders
Coming off a two-week stretch which saw the outfielder post a .711 on base percentage (OBP) in seven games, Liberty sophomore D.J. Artis begins the week second in the nation with a .532 OBP.  UC Irvine designated hitter Keston Hiura tops the category with a .545 OBP.

Artis also leads the nation in bases on balls per game. The Flames' leadoff hitter has averaged 1.13 walks per game and has recieved 43 free passes so far in 2017.  As a freshman last year, Artis set the Liberty program record with 52.

Artis leads the Big South with a .372 batting average and 45 runs scored.  He is seventh with 36 RBI.