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Liberty Hosts James Madison Tuesday
The Liberty Flames (9-6, 0-0 Big South) host intrastate rival James Madison Dukes
(13-3, 8-1 CAA), Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Worthington Stadium. The meeting is the first of
three this season between the two squads and the first of two contests at Worthington
All-Time Series Against James Madison
Tuesday will be the 56th meeting between the Flames and the Dukes on the diamond
since 1976. After taking both meetings between the two teams last season, James
Madison leads the all-time series, 29-26.
Last year, despite the Flames out-hitting the Dukes 14-10 on March 14, James
Madison downed Liberty, 8-3, at Long/Mauck Stadium in Harrisonburg, Va. Later in
2007, the Dukes defeated the Flames, 11-2, on April 18 at Worthington Stadium.
The Last Time Out
Liberty dropped two games on Saturday at the Coca-Cola Classic in Hattiesburg,
Miss. The Flames opened the day, falling to host Southern Miss, 5-0. Third baseman
Cody Brown had three hits in the contest for Liberty. Pitcher David Stokes yielded his
first earned run of the season in the game. The senior right-hander had not allowed an
earned run in 22 1/3 innings to start the season.
Later in the afternoon, the Flames dropped a 9-2 decision to Cal. State Northridge.
The Matadors scored six times in the sixth inning to take the lead for good in the contest.
Second baseman Tommy Bussey and Brown had two hits each in the game for
A Look at the Dukes
James Madison enters Tuesday's contest riding a nine-game winning streak and
sporting a 5-0 record on the road this season. The unbeaten road mark includes midweek
victories at Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
The Dukes have posted a 13-3 overall record this season and have also jumped out
to an 8-1 mark in the Colonial Athletic Conference, a reversal from 2007, when James
Madison finished with a 22-31 record and a ninth place conference finish at 11-17.
As a team, the Dukes have hit .339 this season, while holding opponents to a .256
batting average. Seven James Madison players have opened the season hitting .320
or better, lead by outfielder Brett Sellers who is hitting .462 to start the year.
Flames at Worthington Stadium
For the past 28 years, the Flames have called Worthington Stadium their home. The
Flames have compiled an impressive 480-216-4 record at the facility for a winning percentage
of .686 since the stadium's inception in 1979.
This year, the Flames are slated to play 28 home games at the stadium. Liberty has
posted a 5-2 record at Worthington to begin the season.
The slate of 28 games is tentatively scheduled to include the first night contests in
the history of the stadium this season. The lights at the facility are to be installed by
March 28, with 10 contests currently scheduled to be played under the lights.
Last season, Liberty went 23-9 at Worthington. The 23 wins tie for the third most by
the Flames in a season at the facility.
Brown Gets Rolling
Junior third baseman Cody Brown is off to a strong start at the plate. The third baseman
has hit a team-leading .474 with 12 RBIs in 38 at bats this season. The junior has
started eight of the last nine Liberty contest at third base. In the contest he didn't start
on March 9, Brown entered the game in the fifth frame and proceeded to go 3-for-3 with
four RBIs. Over the nine-game stretch, he has hit .531 with 11 RBIs and a home run.
He has also only made one error in 13 games this season at the "hot" corner.