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Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:03/17/2009
Courtesy: JMUSports.com

HARRISONBURG, Va., March 17, 2009 – James Madison pounded 18 hits and a pair of freshmen pitchers held Liberty in check in a 13-2 win in a non-conference baseball game on Tuesday afternoon at Long Field/Mauck Stadium.


JMU improved to 12-7 overall and won its seventh straight game against Liberty, which fell to 10-5.


The Dukes had eight extra-base hits in the game and were led by the bottom half of the batting order, with the five through eight hitters going 11-for-18 with 11 RBIs.


Junior third baseman Kent Burford (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft), redshirt junior outfielder Bryan Lescanec (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle), and freshman catcher Jake Lowery (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) each went 3-for-5 at the plate.  Burford doubled off the wall and hit his first JMU home run with three RBIs.  Lescanec doubled and drove in four for the second time in four games.  Lowery doubled, tripled, scored twice, and drove in two.


Junior outfielder Matt Browning (Mystic, Conn./Fitch), who on Monday was named CAA Player of the Week, had two doubles, two walks, two RBIs, and scored three times.  Sophomore designated hitter McKinnon Langston (Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian) was 2-for-3 with two runs and a walk.


Freshman Evan Scott (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) was victorious for his second straight start to improve to 2-2.  He allowed six singles, struck out five and surrended just one run in six innings of work.  Freshman Josh Futter (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) earned his first career save after giving up one run on two hits with two strikeouts in three innings.


Tyler Light took the loss for the Flames to drop to 1-1.  He allowed four runs on five hits with three walks in three innings.  Shortstop Matt Williams was the only Liberty player with multiple hits, going 2-for-5 and scoring once.


Redshirt junior Matt Townsend (Lorton, Va./Hayfield) led off the first inning with a walk and promptly stole second.  He moved to third on a single by sophomore shortstop David Herbek (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) and then scored on the back end of a delayed double-steal attempt.


Scott cruised into the third inning when Liberty put runners on the corners with consecutive two-out singles.  Curran Redal then blooped a single to shallow left-center field to score a run and tie the score at 1-1.


The Dukes blew the game open with four runs in the fourth.  Langston led off with a single.  Lowery smashed a hit deep to the wall in left field with Jeff Jefferson shaken up as he smashed into the wall, allowing Lowery to reach third for a triple and drive in Langston for a 2-1 lead.  After an intentional walk, Lescanec hit a slow roller just past the second baseman to plate Lowery for a 3-1 Dukes’ lead.  Burford then hit his first JMU extra-base hit with a double off the wall in left to score Browning, but Lescanec was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second.  On the next play, Burford was thrown out at the plate as well trying to score on a groundball to third.  Townsend smashed a double off the wall in left center, narrowly missing a home run by three feet, to score junior second baseman Mike Fabiaschi (Torrington, Conn./Torrington) for a 5-1 lead.


Langston again got things started in the fifth inning with a single to left.  He came all the way around to score on a double deep to right center by Lowery for a 6-1 JMU advantage.


The Dukes loaded the bases in the seventh on a single and a pair of walks.  Lescanec then lined a shot to the gap in left center to empty the bases for a three-run double and a 9-1 JMU lead.


Liberty loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the eighth.  One run came in on a double-play groundout by Bator, but Futter was able to escape further damage.


JMU added on in the eighth inning as Knight and Haynes led off with singles.  Browning hit both in with a double to left center.  Two more scored on the first JMU homer by Burford for a 13-2 lead for the Dukes.


The Dukes will play their first midweek road contest of the season on Wednesday at Radford at 3 p.m.

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