Liberty pitching coach Scott Jackson summons Dane Beakler from the bullpen. Jackson's staff has set a school record in strikeouts this season.
On May 10 in the first game of a doubleheader at Longwood, the 2008 Liberty pitching staff eclipsed the previous school record of 405 strikeouts in a season by the 1997 squad. Entering this Wednesday's contest, the Flames have fanned 457 batters, an average of 8.1 per game. The Flames' strikeout total leads the Big South Conference, and their 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings ranks 33rd in the most recent national statistical summary on May 11. Senior David Stokes is tied for the conference lead in strikeouts with 79, while junior Dustin Umberger is fourth in the Big South rankings with 78 punchouts.
The Flames look to add to their record on Wednesday, when they take on the highest seed winner from Tuesday's action at the 2008 Big South Baseball Championship. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m.
The Liberty Strikeout Totals
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