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James Madison Snaps Liberty's Five-Game Win Streak
The James Madison Dukes broke a 3-3 tie with three sixth inning runs en route to a 10-5 victory over the Liberty Flames, Wednesday afternoon at Mauck Stadium, snapping Liberty's five-game winning streak.
With their own four-game winning streak, the Dukes evened their record at 4-4 on the season, while the Flames fall to 7-3.
Liberty took a 2-0 advantage in the first inning. After loading the bases with one out, Patrick Gaillard (Jr., SS, Taylors, S.C.), who led off the game with a single, scored on a wild pitch for the Flames' first run. Chad Miller (Sr., 3B, Wheat Ridge, Colo.) then scored on a ground out by P.K. Keller (So., CF, St. Petersburg, Fla.).
James Madison went in front, 3-2, in the second inning. With the bases loaded, the Dukes plated their first run of the afternoon as Mitchell Moses scored on a balk. Two batters later, a Matt Bristow two-run double with two outs would give James Madison the lead.
In the third, the Flames' Gaillard tied the game, 3-3, with his second home run of the season, a solo round tripper to right center.
The Dukes three innings later would grab the lead for good with three runs in the sixth inning. With runners on second and third and one out, a sacrifice fly by Davis Stoneburner scored Joe Lake for a 4-3 lead. After a pitching change, Kellen Kulbacki singled to center to chase home another run and Michael Cowgill followed with a double to score Kulbacki for a 6-3 advantage.
Liberty cut the lead to 6-5 in their next at bat in the seventh inning. Derek Bennion (r-Jr., RF, Snohomish, Wash.) doubled sharply down the left field line to lead off the inning and scored on a two-out single by Miller, who advanced to third on the play when the James Madison right field ran past the ball for a two base error. Michael Just (Sr., 2B, Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) then followed with an RBI double to plate the Flames' third baseman.
In the bottom of the frame, the Dukes extended their lead to 8-6 on a double by Matt Schill, an RBI triple by Lake and an RBI double by Bristow.
James Madison added insurance in the eighth on a two-run single by Schill with the bases loaded, the fourth hit of the day for the first baseman.
Liberty used seven pitchers on the afternoon. Dane Beakler (Fr., RHP, York, Pa.), the third Flames' pitcher of the day, picked up his first loss of the season (0-1), while James Madison starter Jacob Cook, after a rocky first inning, settled down to allow four runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings to run his record to 1-1.
The Flames return home for a three-game weekend series with the Hartford Hawks beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. First pitch Saturday is set for 11 a.m.