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Liberty Travels to James Madison for Night Contest
The Liberty Flames (17-16, 7-5 Big South) travel to Harrisonburg, Va., to square off in non-conference contest with the James Madison Dukes (21-11, 11-7 CAA), Tuesday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The two teams will be meeting for the second time in six days.
Last Time Out
Down by two runs, the Liberty Flames erupted for seven runs in the ninth inning for a 14-9 victory over the High Point Panthers, Sunday afternoon, in a Big South Conference contest at Coy O. Willard Stadium. With the win, the Flames took the weekend series.
Trailing 9-7, Liberty pounced on High Point relief pitching, batting around in the top of the ninth inning to take the lead. The Flames scored seven runs on seven hits and an error to erase the host team's edge.
Liberty had 19 hits in the game. For the second consecutive day, outfielder Doug Bream had four hits to lead all players in the contest. The Liberty left fielder hit .643 during the three-game series against the Panthers. Center fielder Ian Parmley, right fielder Michael Robertson and shortstop Matt Williams each had three hits apiece for the Flames.
Reliever Mark Swanson eved his record at 1-1 on the year. After entering the contest with runners on second and third base and no one out, the senior right-hander kept the Flames close, pitching 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.
Liberty returns home to face the Presbyterian Blue Hose at Worthington Stadium, Friday-Sunday. The three-game Big South series will get underway Friday night at 7 p.m., followed by a 3 p.m. start on Saturday and a first pitch at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Following the Flames
Tuesday's contest may be heard LIVE from Veterans Memorial Stadium on the World Wide Web at LibertyFlames.com. Nick Pierce will handle the play-by-play and Doug Wallace color duties for the broadcast.
The Flames are 2-5 in the month of April. Liberty is scheduled to play 16 games in the month, with 12 coming against Big South opponents.
Since 1976, the Flames have recorded an all-time mark of 347-290-1 (.545) 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.
The Flames are 10-11 away from home this season. Liberty is 8-11 in road contests and 2-0 in neutral site games. Liberty is slated to play 30 regular-season contests away from home. The Flames will square off with 27 of their opponents on their home field this season and already have met two teams, Rutgers and Monmouth, on a neutral field during the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C., March 11-13.
The Flames went 21-10 in road contests in 2010. Liberty posted the 10th-best road mark in the nation during the year. The Flames went 18-8 in road games and 3-2 in neutral site contests during the year.
Doing the Dougie
Last Wednesday afternoon, outfielder Doug Bream had a career-high five hits in a 16-12 setback at Worthington Stadium. Bream surpassed 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. Bream went 5-for-5 in the contest and scored three runs.
Tyler Bream and Williams Move into Career 2Bs List
With a double during Liberty's 4-9 victory at High Point Sunday, junior third baseman Tyler Bream and shortstop Matt Williams moved into the Top 10 on the school's career doubles list with 45. The duo tied for 10th place on the all-time list with 45 career doubles. Liberty standouts Jason Benham (1995-98) and Michael Just (2003-06) are next on the list with 46 two-base hits.
Former Liberty outfielder Phillip Laurent (2003-06) holds the school career record for two-base hits with 68. He also set the single season record with 27 in 2006.
Last season, Bream and Williams each hit 22 doubles, the second highest total on the school's single season list. Williams is currently tied with outfielder Doug Bream for the team lead with 11 two-base hits.