Game Preview: Liberty Flames

By Jacob Weinberger

The Maryland Terrapins (14-14) head south to Lynchburg, Virginia to face off with the Liberty Flames (16-14) at Liberty Baseball Stadium 6 p.m. Tuesday for the second time this season. On March 22, the Terps downed the Flames 10-9 in College Park, Maryland. The two teams combined to use 14 pitchers in the ballgame.

The two teams played each other twice last season, with each club winning one game.

The Maryland Terrapins are coming off a weekend home series where they dropped two of three games to the High Point University Panthers. The Terps fell 7-2 Friday, responded with a 13-5 win Saturday, but lost the finale 4-3 Sunday.

Terps outfielder Marty Costes stayed hot over the weekend. Costes went 5-for-9 from the plate with three home runs and six RBIs. The freshman leads the club in home runs and RBIs, with six and 23, respectively.

Liberty Away GraphicDespite two starting pitchers with sub-three ERAs (Taylor Bloom, Brian Shaffer), the Terps bullpen continues to struggle. Only two of 10 relievers sport an ERA below 5.25.

The Flames, who made the NCAA tournament in 2013 and 2014, sit at 16-14 on the season. The team is riding a four-game losing streak after getting swept by Winthrop in South Carolina. The Flames are fifth in the Big South Conference and are 11-4 at home this season.

The Flames are led on offense by left fielder and first baseman Andrew Yacyk. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound junior has started all 30 games, is batting .317, and leads the team in home runs with six and RBIs with 28. Also contributing on the offensive end is outfielder D.J. Artis. The freshman leads the team in hitting with 43 hits and a .387 batting average in 30 games started. He also leads the team in steals with 10.

RHP Shane Quarterley is the cornerstone of the Flames’ bullpen. The junior is 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA and four saves in 14 appearances and 24.1 innings pitched out of the ‘pen. He pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief in Sunday’s 6-5 loss to Winthrop.

STARTING PITCHING MATCHUP

TUES AT 6:00 PM

                1Maryland_M_Bar_Primary_Athletic_Logo  Stiles HS vs.Carson-Herndon-20121105_9066LS  Liberty logo

 Jr. LHP Tayler Stiles (2-2, 5.26 ERA) vs. So. RHP Carson Herndon (2-1, 9.98 ERA)

Stiles had his best outing of the season in last week’s 8-1 home win over the VCU Rams. In his third start of the year, the southpaw scattered seven hits and a walk over seven shutout innings. He improved his record to 2-2. In his first two starts, the junior didn’t last past the fifth inning. He will be making his fourth start Tuesday.

Herndon will be making his second start and ninth appearance of the season Tuesday. The righty started opening day for the Flames vs. South Florida February 19, but surrendered seven hits, three walks and six earned runs in 1.2 innings pitched. He did not face the Terps two weeks ago.

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