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Liberty Hosts James Madison Wednesday

April 5, 2011
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The Liberty Flames (15-14, 5-4 Big South) host the James Madison Dukes (20-9, 10-5 CAA) in a non-conference contest at Worthington Stadium, Wednesday.  First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Last Time Out
Down 3-0, Coastal Carolina rallied to defeat the Liberty Flames, 5-4, in a Big South contest, Sunday afternoon at Watson Stadium. 
The host Chanticleers tied the contest at 4-4 with three runs in the seventh inning and pushed across the winning run in the eighth on a Liberty error for the win.
Liberty had nine hits in the game. Center fielder Ian  Parmley led the Flames with three hits, two runs scored and a RBI.  Shortstop Matt Williams added two hits and drove in two runs.
On Deck
Liberty will travel to High Point, N.C., for a Big South conference three-game series against     the High Point Panthers.  The series is scheduled to get underway at Coy O. Willard Stadium on Friday at 6 p.m.  Saturday, the Flames and Panthers will square off at 6 p.m., followed by the series finale, Sunday at 1 p.m.

Following the Flames
Wednesday's contest may be heard LIVE from Worthington Stadium on 90.9 FM "The Light" or on the World Wide Web at LibertyFlames.com. Nick Pierce will handle the play-by-play and Doug Wallace color duties for the broadcast.

Analyzing April
    After dropping all three games in a Big South series with Coastal Carolina this past weekend, the Flames have started the month of April 0-3. Liberty is scheduled to play 17 games in the month, with 12 coming against Big South opponents.
    Since 1976, the Flames have recorded an all-time mark of 345-288-1 (.548) in April. Last season, Liberty finished the month of April with a 10-8 record. The Flames posted a 9-3 mark in Big South Conference play.

Home Sweet Home
    For the past 32 years, the Flames have called Worthington Stadium home. Named for program architect and the first Liberty head baseball coach, Al Worthington, Liberty has compiled an impressive 531-242-5 record at the stadium for a winning percentage of .686 since the facility's inception in 1979.
    The Flames are 7-4 on the year at Worthington Stadium. Liberty posted a 19-9 record at home in 2010. The Flames are 57-29-1 at home under four-year head coach Jim Toman's guidance.

Pleading the Fifth
    The fifth inning has become a pivitol inning for the Flames this season.  Liberty is 15-5 when leading or tied with an opponent through five innings this season. Meanwhile, the Flames are 0-9 when trailing after the fifth inning.

Get Your Running Shoes On
    What a difference a year makes.  So far this season, Liberty has taken advantage of its team speed, doubling its stolen base total from a year ago. The Flames have stolen 64 bases in 76 attempts this season, compared to 2010, when the Flames swiped only 22 bases in 35 tries through 29 games. Liberty's 64 stolen bases leads the Big South Conference in the category.  The Flames' also entered the week ranked fourth in the nation in the latest NCAA Division statistical rankings (through April 3).
    Leading the way for the Flames is catcher Casey Rasmus who is 17-for-18 in steal attempts this season. He is currently second in the Big South Conference in stolen bases. Center fielder Ian Parmley is  next on the team and ranks fourth in the Big South with 14 thefts (11-for-19).         
    The Flames stolen base totals are definitely a stark contrast from last season, when only outfielder Curran Redal had stolen six bases and led the team at this point in the year. This season, four Liberty players have six or more base thefts.  Outfielder Michael Robertson and shortstop Matt Williams join the previously mentioned Rasmus and Parmley, with seven stolen bases apiece, while fellow outfielder Doug Bream has six stolen bases.  Bream, a senior, entered the year with a career total of two stolen bases over his previous three seasons.

Evans Pitches Way into Record Book
    After striking out six this past Sunday at Coastal Carolina, senior left-hander Steven Evans has moved into fourth on Liberty's all-time strikeout list with 231, surpassing former teammate Dustin Umberger (2006-10), who finished his career last year with 230 strikeouts. Mike Brown (1994-97) is Liberty's career strikeout leader with 287. Evans is currently third in the Big South with 46 strikeouts this season.
    Also with the victory, Evans moves into a tie for fifth on the program's career wins list with 22.  The senior, who has a career record of 22-10, is tied with Niles Creekmore (1983-86), Alex Dooley (1999-02) and Michael Solbach (2005-07) on the all-time list. Liberty standout Lee Guetterman won 29 games during his career to top the Liberty all-time wins list.
    In addition with seven innings of work Sunday, the senior move into the Liberty career innings pitch list's Top 10 with 268 2/3 innings.  Evans passed Kyle Bryan, who pitched 268 1/3 innings as a Flame from 1981-85 to move into 10th on the program's all-time list.
    A fixture of the Flames pitching staff over the past four years, Evans has a 22-10 record with a  3.58 ERA.  The left-hander has walked 87 batters for a 2.7 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio.