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A Summer Check In with Liberty Baseball

July 8, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Head Coach Jim Toman

Liberty Head Coach Jim Toman

With summer now in full swing, checks in with the Liberty baseball program. Coming off a school-record 42 wins this past season, asked Head Coach Jim Toman about his staff's activities this summer.

Q: What are your staff and you up to this summer?
A:  We [the Liberty staff] have been out on the road since June evaluating players and getting ready to make calls to 2011 graduates as part of our recruiting process. We have also been busy preparing for our two summer prospect camps and our youth camp.

Q: Speaking of recruiting, you still have some ties to the South Carolina baseball program which won the NCAA national championship last week. It must have been exciting to see them capture their first championship?
A: It was awesome to see them win it all! Coach [Ray] Tanner and his staff did an awesome job and I couldn't be happier for them! I was especially proud of the 11 or 12 guys on the team that I helped recruit to South Carolina, such as catcher Kyle Enders, infielder Scott Wingo and outfielder Whit Merrifield, along with some of the pitchers, Blake Cooper, Sam Dyson, Mike Roth and Matt Price. It was just a great series to watch, and I was very proud to be a very small part of it. I'm sure my bonus check from Coach Tanner must have gotten lost in the mail! It is my dream to one day get Liberty to Omaha, so we can use it as a platform for our mission here at Liberty!

Q: Is the summertime where you lay a foundation for your recruiting efforts for the upcoming year?
A: This time is very important in laying the foundation for our efforts. However, recruiting for college baseball is close to truly being a year-round effort. The summer is filled with high school recruiting, whereas the late fall and spring are very heavily junior college oriented times, while still dealing with high school players.

Q. Several Liberty players are playing baseball this summer. Can you tell us about how some of them are doing?
A: Tyler Bream and Matt Williams are both doing well in the Cape Cod League. Both started a little slow, but have picked it up as of late. Blake Forslund, Tim Dudley and Justin Sizemore are doing very well in a local college league (Great South Collegiate Summer League). Left-handed pitcher Garrett Baker, an incoming junior college transfer, was the New England College Baseball League Pitcher of Week a few weeks ago. Jeff Jefferson is hitting above .300 in the Valley League  for the Luray Wranglers, while Daniel Brown is pitching well in relief for the Rockville Express of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.