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New baseball stadium opens for first game

February 27, 2013  |  Drew Menard/Liberty University News Service

Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. threw the ceremonial first pitch in the Flames’ new baseball stadium on Saturday, as the crowd of more than 2,500 erupted in cheers, christening the facility and supporting the home team in its first game in its new home.

“This is one of those unbelievable days in Liberty’s history,” said Neal Askew, Liberty’s executive vice president. “We are excited about the new stadium, the guys have done a great job in the construction.”

The players certainly added to the excitement of the day, claiming a 4-1 win over the Nittany Lions of Penn State University. Though Liberty’s offense got off to a slow start and Penn State garnered the first run in the opening inning, the Flames’ bats came alive in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Danny Grauer found the gap for a double, sending home Bryan Aanderud for Liberty’s first score in the new stadium. This sparked a Liberty comeback that culminated in the seventh, when the Flames scored three times. Read the full story at www.LibertyFlames.com. The Flames continue the series against the Nittany Lions with a doubleheader beginning at noon on Sunday.

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