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Liberty Falls at James Madison

March 16, 2010  Harrisonburg, Va.  RSS
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First baseman Trey Wimmer had a RBI double in Tuesday's game.

First baseman Trey Wimmer had a RBI double in Tuesday's game.

The James Madison Dukes led from start to finish, downing the Liberty Flames, 13-2, Tuesday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Liberty falls to 11-3 on the season. James Madison improves to 5-8.

James Madison plated the first run of the game, with two hits in the bottom of the opening inning. Center fielder Johnny Bladel led off the frame with a single back through the middle of the infield and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by designated hitter Brett Garner. Third baseman Matt Browning followed with a single to right, scoring Bladel for a 1-0 advantage.

The host Dukes upped their lead to 2-0 in the second. Back-to-back singles and a Liberty fielding error loaded the bases with one out. The next batter, second baseman Mike Fabiaschi, drew a walk, forcing in a run.

For the third consecutive inning, James Madison pushed across a run. Browning began the frame with a double into the left-center field gap. After advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt by shortstop David Hrbek, Browning was able to score on a wild pitch to give the home team a 3-0 advantage.

Liberty plated its first run of the contest in the top of the fourth inning. With two outs, left fielder Doug Bream (Jr., Elizabethtown, Pa.) was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by first baseman Trey Wimmer, cutting the Dukes' lead to 3-1.

James Madison broke open the contest, with five runs in the fifth. With one out, the Dukes loaded the bases and scored the first run of the inning, when right fielder Matt Townsend walked. After a Liberty pitching change, left fielder Matt Tenaglia singled throw the right side to chase home two runs to make it, 6-1. The next batter, Fabiaschi, then walked with the base full to bring home the fourth run of the frame. Bladel capped the uprising by beating out an infield single with loaded bases, giving James Madison an 8-1 advantage.

The Dukes added to their cushion with three runs in the sixth. Tenaglia doubled home the first two runs of the inning, and later scored on a sacrifice fly.

James Madison scored two additional runs in the seventh inning. Liberty pushed a run across in the ninth on an infield single by Jerry Neufang (Jr., Staunton, Va.) for the final score of 13-2.

In his first collegiate start, Liberty right-hander Cameron Giannini (Fr., Danville, Va.) allowed seven runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings, dropping to 0-1 on the year. The freshman struck out eight batters and walked three.

James Madison starter Jason Kuhn evened his record at 1-1 on the year. The left-hander gave up a run on five hits. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.

Bladel had four hits and scored three runs for the Dukes. Browning and Tenaglia each added three hits.

Liberty travels tomorrow to Cary, N.C., for a contest with the Duke Blue Devils. The contest at the USA Baseball Training Center is schedule for 4 p.m.