LIBERTY AT ELON Feb. 28 Latham Park Elon, N.C.
Wednesday – 4 p.m. COMPLETE BASEBALL NOTES LFSN Radio Coverage: 93.3FM ESPN Radio Live Stats: Wednesday
Quick Hits • After a successful 6-1 homestand, Liberty takes to the road for the first time in 2018 on Wednesday. • Liberty and Elon will be meeting for the first and only time in 2018, Wednesday. Liberty leads the all-time series, 18-11, including a 9-6 mark at Latham Park in Elon, N.C. • The Flames finished with their best road record since 2010, last season. Liberty posted a 15-7 (.682) mark on the road in 2017. • Liberty is off to its best start to a season since 2012. That season, the Flames started 7-0 and went on to post a program best 17-1 mark to begin the year. • Liberty was picked to finish second in the 2018 Big South Preseason Poll by the league's head coaches. In addition, Liberty outfielder D.J. Artis was tabbed the 2018 Big South Preseason Player of the Year. • The Flames are in their second season under Head Coach Scott Jackson. He has led Liberty to a 38-24 record during his two seasons. Road Ramblings Liberty takes to the road for the first time in 2018 on Wednesday. It will also be the first time Liberty leaves the Commonwealth of Virginia. Last season, the Flames won their first road contest of the year, defeating the Citadel, 9-1, on the final day of the 2017 Citadel Challenge on Feb. 19. The win snapped a four-game losing skid in their first road contest of the year. Last season, the Flames finished with their best road record since 2010. Liberty went 15-7 (.682) on the road. Liberty finished the regular season by playing 12 of its last 19 games on the road and posted a 7-5 mark in those contests. Liberty hit .294 as a team on the road in 2017. The Flames outscored their opponents, 213-107, a 4.82 run differential per game. The Flames also hit 31 of their 46 home runs this season on the road. D.J. Artis and Trey McDyre led Liberty in road batting average, last season. Artis hit .434, while McDyre batted .357.
Stamper, Skirrow Tabbed Big South Freshman of the Week For the first two weeks of 2018, Liberty freshmen pitchers have been tabbed the Big South Freshman of the Week. Right-hander Brady Stamper was selected the conference's Freshman of the Week for games played Feb. 19-25, while right-hander Noah Skirrow took on the first Freshman of the Week honor of 2018 for games played Feb. 16-18. Stamper was named this week's Big South Freshman of the Week after turning in a solid performance in his collegiate debut. The Middletown, Del., native pitched five scoreless innings and recorded the victory in Liberty's 4-1 win over James Madison on Feb. 20 at Liberty Baseball Stadium. Stamper allowed two hits. He struck out eight and walked two. Skirrow also picked up his weekly honor in his collegiate debut. The Stoney Creek, Ontario native pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings in Liberty's 4-2 win over VCU in game two of a doubleheader on Feb. 18, helping the Flames complete a sweep of their three-game season-opening series with the Rams. The right-hander recorded the first win of his career, striking out nine and walking one. He allowed only four baserunners, two on hits, one on a base on balls and the other on a hit batter during his outing. He did not allow a batter past second base.
Walk this Way After Liberty finished its year second in the nation in bases on balls in 2017 and leading the Big South with 341, the Flames have picked up where they left off in 2018. Liberty has walked 49 times and is 12th nationally in the category.
Leading the way is Tre Todd. The junior is third in the country with 11 bases on balls. 1B Dylan Allen, who has walked nine times, is 14th nationally. Allen set a Liberty program single-game record with five bases on balls duuring the Flames' 4-2 win over VCU in the second game of a doulbleheader on Feb. 18.
Liberty averaged 6.2 walks per game in 2017. The Flames led the Big South with a .390 on base percentage during the regular season and ranked 30th nationally at the end of the season. Around the Diamond • C Jonathan Embry leads the Flames with a .391 batting average and nine hits. He is also tied for the team lead with eight RBI. • 1B Dylan Allen posted single-game career highs in hits and RBI in Liberty's 10-6 win over Binghamton, this past Saturday. Allen went 4-for-5 with five RBI. He hit his second home run of the season and doubled twice in the contest. Allen is tied for the team lead with eight runs scored. • LF Tre Todd enters the week 10th in the nation with a .645 on base percentage. The junior has hit .389 and walked a team-high 11 times. • With his 50th career stolen base this past Friday, CF D.J. Artis has moved in the top 10 on the Liberty career list. Currently tied for ninth all-time, he is five away from tying Aaron Grijalva (2005-08) for eighth. • Freshman RF Brandon Rohrer collected the second multi-hit game of his career in Liberty's win over Binghamton on Sunday. One of his two hits was his first collegiate home run. • RHP Garret Price recorded two more saves over the weekend and now has four on the year. In four appearances, the sophomore has struck out 13 batters in six innings of work.
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