ATLANTA, Ga. - The 2019 ASUN Champions, the Liberty Flames make their return to the NCAA Tournament on Friday at 7 PM ET on ESPN3 vs. second-seeded Tennessee in the Chapel Hill Regional. The third-seeded Flames are making their first trip into the national tournament since receiving an at-large bid in 2014, a year which saw the program set the single-season record for wins at 43.
Liberty (42-19; 15-9 ASUN) looks to give the ASUN a regional winner for the second-straight season after 2018 ASUN Champion Stetson claimed the DeLand Regional title and advanced to face off with North Carolina in the Supers. The Flames are led by 2019 ASUN Player of the Year Jonathan Embry who was named ASUN Tournament MVP as well for his postseason play to help the Flames to a title. The pitching staff is a highlight as well, owning a 3.45 team ERA that ranks 10th in the nation and is the best mark in the Chapel Hill Region. The Flames' first opponent, Tennessee (38-19; 14-16 SEC), enters the NCAA Tournament having faced Liberty once already this season, a 7-1 home victory in the early stages of midweek play in 2019.
Catch all of the action online at ESPN3 or on the ESPN App. Audio coverage will be available as well through Liberty's stream on the Liberty Flames Sports Network.
Liberty Flames (42-19; 15-9)
- The Flames' conference title this season was their first in the ASUN and first overall since claiming the 2013 Big South crown
- The Chapel Hill Regional plays host to the following teams: 1) North Carolina, 2) Tennessee, 3) Liberty and 4) UNC Wilmington
- Liberty Head Coach Scott Jackson was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at North Carolina from 2009-2016, making three trips to the College World Series (2009, 2011, 2013)
- Over their previous five regional appearances in the NCAA Tournament, Liberty has posted a 3-10 record, yet to advance to the Super Regionals
- In the 2019 regular season, Liberty compiled a 1-2 record vs. fellow Chapel Hill teams with the lone victory a 2-0 shutout vs. North Carolina at home
- Liberty last met UNC Wilmington during the 2010 season, a 12-2 victory for the Flames. Liberty leads the all-time series with UNCW 8-4
- The Flames compiled a road record of 12-13 this season, playing 12 of their final 16 regular season contests awy from home
- 2019 marks the fifth 40-win season in program history for the Flames, joining the 1983, 2010, 2012 and 2014 squads. The program record for wins in one season is 43 from 2014