James Madison will travel to Liberty for the second of three meetings this season, looking to go up two games to none in the season series on Tuesday with first pitch at 6 p.m. in Lynchburg.
The Dukes head to Liberty after coming off of a tough three-game sweep at the hands of Old Dominion. The Diamond Dukes opened the series on Friday with a 7-4 loss, fell 6-5 to the Monarchs in the second game on Saturday, then dropped the last game on Sunday, a 14-2 setback. After entering the weekend with one of the top scoring offense’s in the nation (8 runs per game), the Dukes were held to just 3.6 runs per game against the Monarchs.
JMU has lost seven games in a row overall, a streak that dates back to a 21-4 home win over Liberty on March 27.
Liberty is coming off of a tough three-game series sweep at the hands of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. The Flames opened the series with a 5-1 loss on Saturday and were unable to initiate a big enough comeback on Saturday, losing 8-6. Coastal coasted to a 12-1 win Monday afternoon to finish the sweep.
The Flames as a team are batting .263, led by Trey Wimmer’s .345 mark with 16 extra-base hits for a .543 slugging percentage. Wimmer also leads the team with 40 hits on the season to go along with 25 RBIs and 22 runs.
JMU leads the all-time series against Liberty 37-31 and will seek its second victory of the year after being swept in the season series last year, 3-0. The Dukes won 21-4 when they hosted Liberty earlier this year, pounding 19 hits in that game. That included a 3-for-3 day at the plate for sophomore Chad Carroll, who racked up a career-high five runs and five RBIs and was just a double short of hitting for the cycle.
Starting Pitchers – JMU at Liberty, Tuesday, 6 p.m.
Neither team has announced its starter though both anticipate throwing right-handed pitchers to open what should be multiple arms appearing in the game.