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Liberty to take on JMU Wednesday

April 12, 2011
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The Lady Flames will continue the 2011 season Wednesday, traveling to Harrisonburg, Va. to face the Dukes of James Madison.

Coming off two wins over conference foe Charleston Southern, the Liberty Lady Flames will step out of Big South play Wednesday, facing James Madison in a 3 p.m. doubleheader in Harrisonburg, Va.

Live stats for both games will be available via GameTracker, and James Madison will provide an audio stream for both games. Those links can be found on LibertyFlames.com.

The Lady Flames are now 14-17 overall and 5-3 in conference play, and currently sit in second place in the Big South standings behind Radford.

Keely McMillon, Kelly Strickland and Katie Zavodny are all hitting over .300 for Liberty, with McMillon in the lead with a team-high .412 batting average. As a team, the Lady Flames have the highest cumulative batting average in the Big South (.273).

In addition, senior Ashley Bensinger is the reigning Big South Player of the Week after hitting .500 with two triples and a grand slam in games played over the weekend. She is now on a nine-game hitting streak, the longest current streak for the Lady Flames.

The last three Big South Players of the Week have been Lady Flames, as McMillon took the honor on March 28 and April 4.

Katrina Johnson leads the team with a 2.45 ERA and a 9-5 overall record. The sophomore also leads the pitching staff in innings pitched (102.2) and strikeouts (53).

The Dukes (24-13, 6-3 CAA) are on a two-game skid after dropping two out of three conference contests to Delaware over the weekend. The offense performed well in those games, as JMU batters recorded seven or more hits in all three contests.

Jasmine Butler leads the team with a .409 batting average, while Ashley Burnham has driven in 28 runs on the year.

The pitching staff is paced by Olivia McPherson (9-6), who boasts a team-best 2.06 ERA. However, Cara Stecher has been nearly unbeatable in the circle with a 10-1 record this season. Stecher's last win came on April 2 when the Dukes hosted conference opponent George Mason.

Liberty is 8-9 all-time against James Madison after sweeping last year's doubleheader at home, 5-1 and 6-4, on April 14. The Lady Flames haven't won a game at Veterans Memorial Park since April 4, 2007, when Liberty took a 5-3 decision.