Milligan loses in 16 innings at Carson-Newman

from staff reports

   JEFFERSON CITY -- The Buffaloes of Milligan fell short at Carson-Newman College by the score of 5-4 in a 16-inning marathon non-conference contest Wednesday afternoon.
   The loss drops Milligan to 6-8 while Carson-Newman moves to 10-10-1 on the season.
   Milligan opened up a two-run lead in the top of the first inning as freshman Kory Kinnear's two-run double scored David Rusaw and Dustin Price.
   Carson-Newman cut the lead in half with a solo home run from junior Nathan Gravley in the fourth inning.
   The Buffaloes would push the lead to three in the top half of the eighth inning. Freshman left fielder Garrett Reed led off the inning with a double and would move to third on a wild pitch from Nick Jacobs.
   Sophomore centerfielder Will Little reached first on a walk. With two outs, Reed and Little scored as Kinnear reached first base on an error by the Eagles' second baseman, Bret Lindsey.
   In the bottom of the eighth, Carson-Newman tied the game at four. Catcher Ryan Haun led off the inning with a double.
   Following two ground outs, three straight hits by the Eagles scored three runs. The run scoring hits came from Gravely, Brian Chapman and T.J. Graves.
   Both teams would have chances to score in extra innings but Carson-Newman pushed the winning run across in the bottom of the 16th inning.
   Charlie Monroe started the inning off with a single and following a fly out, Jonathon Mary ripped a single into right field to bring Monroe home.
   In the loss for Milligan, senior Chad Davis pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out six Eagles. The starter for the Buffaloes, junior Jacob McAllister, went 7 2/3 innings, yielding three runs on seven hits.
   The winning pitcher for Carson-Newman was sophomore Gavin Scroggins as he went six innings allowing two hits and no runs.
   Leading hitters for Milligan were Kinnear and McAllister as each had two hits. Kinnear added two RBIs.
   Next for the Buffaloes will be a three game Appalachian Athletic Conference series at Bryan (Tenn.) College Friday and Saturday.