Waddle hurls no-hitter in Lady Buffalo sweep

from staff reports

   MARS HILL, N.C. -- The Milligan College Lady Buffs softball team defeated NCAA Division II Mars Hill (N.C.) College by the scores of 2-0 and 7-1 Sunday afternoon.
   The sweep improves Milligan's record to 5-1 and Mars Hill falls to 3-14 on the season.
   In the first game, junior Brandy Waddle pitched a no-hitter -- the second straight no-hitter in as many games for Milligan. Traci Harrison pitched a no hitter Wednesday against Montreat.
   In Waddle's no-hitter, she set a new school record as she needed 56 pitches in the seven-inning game.
   Milligan gained the lead on a two-out single from freshman Leah Fritts in the third inning. The base hit scored Megan Aldridge and Rebecca Gilley.
   With Waddle's pitching, this is all the Lady Buffs would need to win the game.
   Waddle, with the win moves to 2-1 on the season. She finished the game with 10 strikeouts and one walk. For Mars Hill in the loss, Kristi Marszalec pitched seven innings allowing two runs on three hits.
   The leading hitter in the first game was Fritts as she was 1-for-3 with the two RBIs.
   In the final game, Milligan started with a one run lead. Senior Shelby Banion scored on a base hit from junior Brooke Davis in the top of the first inning.
   Mars Hill would score in the bottom of the first, Tessa Ashwell scored on a double from Audrey Riffle.
   The Lady Buffs would add four runs in the third inning. With the bases loaded, Banion cleared the bases with a double to score three runs, then came around to score on a base hit from Harrison.
   Milligan would add two more runs in the sixth inning as Fritts brought two more Lady Buffs home with a double.
   Picking up the victory on the mound was Harrison as she went all seven innings allowing one run, while scattering six hits with six strikeouts. For Mars Hill in the loss, Lyn Loomis went seven innings while allowing 11 hits and seven runs, which three were earned.
   For Milligan in the second game, Banion, Ashley Mashburn, and Sarah Smith each had two hits.
   The next scheduled game for the Lady Buffs is Friday at Anglin Field as Milligan host Appalachian Athletic Conference rival Virginia Intermont at 1 p.m.