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Doug Bream Has Career-High Hit Total in Slugfest

April 6, 2011
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Doug Bream had a career-high for hits in game with five, Wednesday.

Liberty left fielder Doug Bream had a career-high five hits, as the Flames came up short in a slugfest with the James Madison Dukes, 16-12, on a windy Wednesday afternoon at Worthington Stadium.

Liberty falls to 15-15 on the season in the non-conference game.  The Flames have dropped four straight contests. James Madison moves to 21-9. 

With the wind gusting from 17-20 mph throughout the game, the two teams combined to hit seven home runs.  James Madison, which leads the country in home runs, belted five in the contest, while Liberty hit two round trippers.

Bream went 5-for-5 in the game, with four singles and a double.  In addition, the Liberty left fielder scored three times.  Bream surpasses his previous career-high of four hits in a 12-7 win over James Madison at Worthington Stadium on April 21, 2010.  It is the first time a Liberty Flame has had five hits in game since outfielder Curran Redal in a 14-8 victory over High Point in game one of a Big South Conference doubleheader at Worthington Stadium on April 3, 2010.

The Dukes and the Flames each opened the game with big innings.  James Madison sent 11 batters to the plate in the top of the first inning, scoring four runs.  After the first three Duke batters of the frame reached, first baseman Matt Tenaglia singled to bring home the first two runs of the game.  Designated hitter Tyler MacFarland and, two batters later, second baseman Bradley Shaban, each produced runs with singles, giving James Madison a 4-0 lead.

In the bottom of the stanza, Liberty also sent 11 men to the plate, striking for six runs. 
After shortstop Matt Williams walked and Doug Bream followed with a single with one out, third baseman Tyler Bream singled through the left side of the infield to chase home Williams with the Flames' first run of the contest.  Two batters later, both base runners scored, when right fielder Johnny Bladel dropped a fly ball by catcher Casey Rasmus.   With two men aboard, second baseman Austin Taylor followed with a triple off the right field wall to clear the bases and put Liberty in front, 5-4. The next batter, right fielder Ryan Cordell, delivered Taylor with a sacrifice fly for a 6-4 Flames advantage.

Liberty extended its lead in its next at bat.  Williams and Doug Bream walked to open the home half of the second inning and scored on an RBI single by Tyler Bream.  Designated hitter Justin Sizemore followed with a two-run single and the Flames led 9-4.

James Madison plated a single run in the third inning, while Liberty countered with a run of its own in the fourth inning.  With third baseman Connor Brown aboard on a single, center fielder Alex Foltz singled for the Dukes' run in the top of the third.  Sizemore blasted a home run over the left field wall leading off the bottom of the fourth. The round tripper was the second of the season for the Liberty designated hitter.

Both teams put runs on the scoreboard in the sixth inning. James Madison scored three more runs in the top of the inning to close its deficit to 10-8. Catcher Jake Lowrey, who leads the country in home runs, hit his 15th home run of the season with two aboard. Liberty pushed across a run in the bottom of the sixth to up its advantage to 11-8.  Doug Bream led off the stanza with a single and scored two batters later on a double by Rasmus.

Each team also produced runs in the seventh inning.  Shaban hit his third home run of the year with a runner aboard and one out in the top of the frame for James Madison.  Williams connected for his third home run of the season in the bottom of the inning to make it, 12-10.

In the ninth inning, James Madison hit three home runs to take the contest, 16-12.  After the first two hitters of the inning reached, pinch hitter Evan Scott put the Dukes in front, 13-12, with his first home run of the season.  Later in the frame, Lowrey connected for his second home run of the game and 16th of the year, a two-run round tripper, and Tengalia hit a solo home run, his seventh.

Garrett Baker, the fourth of five pitchers in the game for the Flames, falls to 3-2 on the season. The left-hander gave up three runs on two hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

Nick Slogik, the fifth of six pitchers for the Dukes, moves to 3-1 on the year.  He pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out one.

Liberty had 14 hits in the contest led by Doug Bream.  Tyler Bream, Sizemore, Rasmus and Taylor each had two hits in the game. 

James Madison had 17 hits in the game.  Lowery had three hits, driving in five runs and hitting two home runs. Eight of the nine Dukes in the starting line-up had two hits or more.

Liberty returns to Big South Conference play this weekend.  The Flames will travel to High Point, N.C., for a three-game series with the High Point Panthers, starting Friday night.  First pitch at Coy O. Willard Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m.