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Liberty to Face Presbyterian in Big South Series, this Weekend

March 28, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty to Face Presbyterian in Big South Series, this Weekend

LIBERTY AT PRESBYTERIAN
March 29-31
PC Baseball Complex
Clinton, S.C.

Thursday – 3 p.m.
Friday - 2 p.m.
Saturday - 1 p.m.


COMPLETE BASEBALL NOTES

Big South Network: Thurs.-Sat.

LFSN Radio Coverage: 93.3FM ESPN Radio

Live Stats:  Thursday    Friday     Saturday

Quick Hits
•  Liberty and Presbyterian will be meeting for the 25th time on Thursday. The Flames hold a 21-3 advantage in the all-time series.
•  The Flames are 3-5 on the road this season. Liberty has won three of its last four road games, including a 4-3 win in 10 innings at Virginia Tech on Tuesday.
• Liberty will play 12 of its next 16 games on the road.
• 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 45-32 record during his two seasons.

Flames Top Virginia Tech
Garret Price handcuffed the Virginia Tech Hokies for 4 2/3 innings and a single in the 10th by designated hitter Logan Mathieu knocked in the go-ahead run, helping the Liberty Flames post a 4-3 victory, this past Tuesday at English Field at Union Park. The contest was Liberty first midweek contest in three weeks.

Price, the Big South Relief Pitcher of the Week, ran his record to 3-1 on the season with the victory. The right-hander yielded just two hits, striking out five and not walking a batter.

Meanwhile, Mathieu had two RBI singles in the contest for the Flames.

Out on the Road
Starting with this past Tuesday's contest at Virginia Tech, the Flames will play 13 out of their next 17 games on the road. Liberty has posted a 3-5 mark on the road, so far this season. The Flames have won three of their last four road games.  

Liberty has hit .248 as a team on the road this season. D.J. Artis leads the Flames with a .323 road batting average.

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 last season on the  road.

Artis and Trey McDyre led Liberty in road batting average, last season. Artis hit .434, while McDyre batted .357. 

Todd Among National Leaders
Outfielder Tre Todd starts the weekend among the national leaders in on base percentage and walks. Todd leads the nation in walks with 31 and walks per games 1.35 per game.  Teammate D.J. Artis is 14th with 23 bases on balls.

The Deptford, N.J. native also leads the Big South Conference with 30 RBI and a .653 slugging percentage. In addition, Todd is among the Big South leaders in batting average (.319) and  home runs (5).

Fellow Flame Artis leads the Big South with 25 runs scored and three triples.

Price Big South Relief Pitcher of the Week
Liberty right-hander Garret Price has been named the Big South Relief Pitcher of the Week for games played March 19-25.

 Price was called upon twice to shut down the opposition this past weekend to prevent big innings in Liberty's series against the UNC Asheville Bulldogs. In the first game of a doubleheader on Friday, Price came in with Liberty on top 5-1, but the bases loaded and two out in the sixth inning. The right-hander struck out the next Bulldog to prevent any more scoring. He then pitched two more scoreless innings, striking out six of the nine batters he faced and allowing the Flames to pull away for the 8-1 win.
     
 Saturday, Price entered Liberty's contest with the Bulldogs in the top of the fifth with the Flames trailing 4-2, two men on and no out. Price minimized damage, giving up a single, before retiring the next three to keep Liberty within three at 5-2. He struck out two of the batters he faced. Liberty then scored 11 runs in the bottom of fifth, en route to the victory and the series win, two games to one.