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2018 Baseball Season Recap

June 19, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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With the Major League Baseball Draft putting a cap on the 2018 Liberty baseball season two weeks ago, LFSN's Nick Pierce was able to catch up with Flames' head coach Scott Jackson for a look back at the past season and look forward to next year.

In their second season under Jackson, the Flames posted a 32-26 overall record and finished third in the Big South regular season standings with a 17-10 mark.

After dropping their first game of the 2018 Big South Baseball Championship at Liberty Baseball Stadium, the Flames won three straight elimination games, before falling in an if  necessary game to move onto the title game against No. 1 seed and eventual Big South Champion Campbell.

Team/Program Highlights

  • The Flames won 30 or more games for the 14th straight season.
  • Liberty set new program single season records for
    • Walks (356)
    • Fewest errors (48)
    • Fielding percentage (.977).
  • The Flames finished their 2018 season, second national in bases on balls.
  • For the second consecutive year, the Flames led the Big South in runs scored (371) and walks. Liberty also led the conference in RBI (.322), doubles (104), triples (19) and on base percentage (.388).
  • Liberty had four players taken in the 2018 Major League Draft. The Flames have had a player selected in every MLB Draft since 2000

Major League Draft Selections
D.J. Artis, OF – Chicago Cubs - 7th round
Jack DeGroat, RHP – Cleveland Indians - 11th round
Tre Todd, C – Los Angeles Dodgers - 22nd round
Jackson Bertsch, RHP – New York Yankees - 29th round

ECAC All-Star
Tre Todd, OF – first team

Big South All-Conference
D.J. Artis, OF – first team
Tre Todd, Utility – first team
Tyler Galazin, 3B – honorable mention
Garrett Price, SP – honorable mention

Big South All-Academic
Zach Clinton, P

Big South All-Tournament
Jonathan Embry, C
Tyler Galazin, INF

Big South Weekly Honors
Noah Skirrow (Feb. 19) - Freshman
Brady Stamper (Feb. 26) - Freshman
Logan Mathieu (April 2) - Freshman
Garret Price (April 9) – Starting Pitcher
Jackson Bertsch (April 9) – Relief Pitcher
Tre Todd (April 16) - Player
Mason Hand (April 16) – Relief Pitcher
Vinnie Tarantola (May 20) – Starting Pitcher

National Leader
Tre Todd – Bases on Balls per Game (1.07)

Big South Leaders
D.J. Artis – Runs Scored (72)
Tre Todd – Walks (60)

Other Notes

  • OF D.J. Artis finished his career:
  • One of only two players in program history to record over 200 hits (211), 170 runs scored (172) and over 70 stolen bases (72) during his career (Joey Monahan – 2000-02; 2/171/85)
  • 21st player in school history with 200 or more hits
  • Second all-time in runs scored with 172 and stolen bases with 72
  • Program leader with 166 career walks
  • Had longest reached base safely streak in the past two years of 68 consecutive games
  • 1B/OF Andrew Yacyk joined the 100 RBI club, finishing his career with 100 RBI.
  • OF/C Tre Todd's 2018 walk total was the second most in program history. Only teammate D.J. Artis walked more, compiling 62 bases on balls in 2017. In his only season at Liberty, Todd led the Flames in batting average (.315), home runs (10), RBI (52), on base percentage (.579) and slugging percentage (.553) in 2018.
  • Liberty set a new regular season average attendance record at Liberty Baseball Stadium, drawing 1,759 per date in 2018.