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    Flames Visit No. 5 Virginia Tech, FGCU for Final 4 Road Games of Regular Season

    May 10, 2022 | Lynchburg Va | Baseball

    LIBERTY AT No. 5 Virginia Tech
    May 11
    English Field at Atlantic Union Bank Park
    Wednesday – 7 p.m.

     

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    Wednesday

    TV: ACC Network

    LFSN Radio Coverage: 93.3FM ESPN Radio/Online Audio

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    LIBERTY AT FGCU
    May 13-15
    Swanson Stadium
    Friday – 6:30 p.m.
    Saturday – 2 p.m.
    Sunday – 1 p.m.

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    LFSN Radio Coverage: 93.3FM ESPN Radio/Online Audio

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    Quick Hits
    • Liberty will complete the road portion of its 2022 regular season schedule this week. The Flames will travel to Virginia Tech on Wednesday, before visiting FGCU for a three-game ASUN series, this weekend.
    • Wednesday’s contest will be the second meeting between the Flames and Hokies this season. Virginia Tech defeated Liberty 10-6 at Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium in the first meeting on April 12.
    • This weekend, Liberty and FGCU will also be meeting in their second ASUN three-game series of the season. The Flames swept the first three-game series between the two teams, April 8-10 in Lynchburg.
    • Liberty enters the week with a 30-16 record. The Flames have won 30 or more games in 17 consecutive seasons. The Flames lead the ASUN East Division with a 16-8 record, one game ahead of Kennesaw State, who they play next week.
    • Head Coach Scott Jackson is in his sixth season at Liberty. The 2021 ASUN Coach of the Year has led the Flames to a 188-109 record and NCAA Regional appearances in 2019 and 2021 during his tenure.

    Vs. Ranked Teams Since 2019
    • Liberty is 10-11 against nationally ranked opponents since 2019.
    • The Flames are 3-3 against ranked opponents, taking two games of a three-game series at No. 9 Florida to open the season (Feb. 17-20) and defeating No. 18 North Carolina 1-0 at home on March 8.
    • The highest ranked opponent Liberty has beaten in program history was No. 3 North Carolina 5-2 in Chapel Hill, N.C. on April 18, 2017.
    • In six seasons under head coach Scott Jackson, Liberty has posted a 12-22 mark against ranked opponents.

    Other Notables
    • With one more home run by Brady Gulakowski, he will join Derek Orndorff in becoming the first pair of Flames to each hit 12 or more home runs in a season since 2002. That year, the trio of Matt Hagen (18), Joey Monahan (16) and Steve Baker (12) each connected for 12 or more home runs.

    • First baseman Logan Mathieu has been the Flames’ hottest hitter since April 1. The senior has hit a team-high .360 over the last 23 games. Entering the month of April with a .141 batting average, Mathieu has raised his average 127 points to . 269. During the span, he has had 12 games in which he has had two hits or more.

    • Liberty won its 30th game of the year on Sunday. The Flames have won 30 or more games in 17 consecutive seasons. The last time Liberty failed to compile 30 wins in a season came in 2004 (25-30).

    • Flames’ head coach Scott Jackson is 12 games away from his 200th career victory. The six-year head coach is currently third in program history in wins.

    • Right-hander Cole Hungate has been named to the 2022 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch list. He is one of the 62 top relief pitchers named to the Midseason Watch List for the 17th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year award, announced by the NCBWA. Finalists for the award will be named on June 8 with the winner being announced on June 17 at the 2022 College World Series.

    • Liberty junior Gray Betts has been named to the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Watch List for 2022. He is one of 76 catchers nominated for the award given to the top Division I collegiate catcher each season. On May 19 the three semifinalists will be determined by the national selection committee. The winner will be announced on June 29.