The ASUN Champion Liberty Flames will participate in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional. Liberty will face Tennessee in its opening round game, Friday. The regional matchups and seeds were announced on ESPNU earlier today.
Liberty (42-19) is the No. 3 seed in the Chapel Hill, N.C. Regional, while Tennessee (38-19) is the No. 2 seed. They will be joined in the regional by the host and No. 1 seed North Carolina (42-17) and No. 4 seed UNCW (32-29). First pitch for Friday's Liberty-Tennessee game is scheduled for 7 p.m. The regional will feature three conference champions, as North Carolina captured the Atlantic Coast Conference title and UNCW won the Colonial Athletic Association crown.
With a 4-3 victory over Stetson on Sunday, the Flames captured the ASUN Conference title in their first season in the conference and claimed the league's automatic berth to an NCAA Regional. The Flames won four consecutive games to emerge from the loser's bracket and win the double elimination tournament.
The title is Liberty's first conference championship since 2013 and its first under third-year head coach Scott Jackson. The Flames have won five conference titles with their first four conference crowns coming as a member of the Big South Conference (1993, 1998, 2000 and 2013).
The Flames' 42 wins are the second most in a season in program history. The 2014 team set the school record with 43 wins.
Liberty catcher Jonathan Embry was named the 2019 ASUN Player of the Year and was also the ASUN Tournament MVP. Embry hit .474 with two doubles and a home run during the ASUN Tournament. The redshirt junior collected five RBI and scored four times.
Flames pitcher Andrew McInvale, outfielders Gray Betts and Brandon Rohrer and shortstop Cam Locklear joined Embry on the ASUN All-Tournament squad.
Liberty and Tennessee met earlier this season in Knoxville, Tenn. The Volunteers turned back the Flames 7-1 on Feb. 26.
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