Hot Start Has Liberty Aiming To End HiatusUnder The Radar
Scott Jackson might finally have the right concoction to help Liberty return to the NCAA postseason.
The Flames have one of the premier mid-major facilities in college baseball, but this program hasn’t tasted the feeling of the tournament since 2014. In his third season at the helm, Jackson looks to end that hiatus this spring, and he’s got the team to do it.
Liberty is entering some new territory this season. A long-time Big South Conference member, the Flames are slated to begin their first campaign in the Atlantic Sun Conference this weekend when they play host to New Jersey Tech before taking on North Florida in a couple of weeks. The Big South turned into an RPI killer conference once Coastal Carolina departed for the Sun Belt, while the ASUN has gradually gotten better with Jacksonville and, especially, Stetson taking significant steps forward.
The Flames want to be that program that takes a big step forward this spring.
Liberty is far from a finished product. The offense still needs some tweaking to become a formidable force, while the pitching staff, though possessing some premier front-line arms, has some depth concerns.
At any rate, the Flames are 15-5, have a series win over South Florida and have single wins over North Carolina and Virginia Tech on their resume. Jackson isn’t ready to declare ‘Mission Accomplished’, but his team is headed the right direction.
“It’s been a lot of fun so far. We’ve got a great group and our starting pitching has been really solid, and we’ve had two guys out of the pen who have been terrific as well,” Jackson said. “We’ve got really good pitching and defense. But have we peaked to where we should be, and where I think we can be offensively? Not even close.”
First, let’s talk about the pitching staff.
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