Cavaliers can't contain Milligan


Photo by Dave Boyd
On Saturday at Anglin Field, Milligan's Cody Whitlock slides in safely at home as teammate Brad Hitch looks on.

from staff reports

   The Milligan College baseball team swept a doubleheader from UVA-Wise in Appalachian Athletic Conference action Saturday afternoon by the scores of 7-4 and 5-2 at Anglin Field.
   With the wins, Milligan moves to 12-9 overall and 5-2 in the AAC, while the Cavaliers fall to 3-10-1 overall and 1-8 in the 2004 AAC season.
   In the first game, the Cavs jumped ahead two runs in the top of the second inning. Justin Wyatt scored Nathan Kiser on a base hit and Wyatt scored on a RBI single from Jason Matlock.
   Milligan would answer with a run in the bottom half of the second inning. Freshman Kory Kinnear led off the inning with a single followed by a single from second baseman Nathan Meade.
   Freshman Ben Huff would add another single to load the bases, and senior Brad Hitch scored Kinnear with a sacrifice fly.
   The Buffaloes tied the game and took the lead in the third inning. With one out, sophomore Will Little reached safely with an infield hit followed by a double from junior Dustin Price.
   Kinnear brought Little and Price home with a double.
   Milligan was not done scoring as the Buffs added three more runs in the fourth inning. Brad Hitch started the offense with a one out double, and then junior Nathan Chandler added a single.
   Following a Jacob McAllister strike out, Little extended the lead with a single, scoring both Hitch and Chandler. Little would steal second base and come around to score on a base hit from Price.
   UVA-Wise would try to come back, Steve Proctor scored on a base hit from Will Childress in the fifth inning and with two outs in the sixth, Andrew Anderson scored on a Matlock RBI double.
   Milligan was not done scoring, in the sixth inning, as freshman Garrett Reed scored on an infield base hit from Brian Miller.
   Picking up the win on the mound was senior Todd Speas as he went 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs, three earned runs on six hits. Earning a save was senior Chris Shockley as he went 1 1/3, allowing no runs and giving up one hit.
   Picking up the loss was Andrew Shortt as he pitched five innings giving up six runs on ten hits.
   Leading the way at the plate in the first game was Little as he was 2-for-4, scoring two runs with two RBIs. Price and Kinnear each went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI each.
   In the second game, UVA Wise jumped out to a one run lead in the first inning. A.J. Lucadamo scored on a base hit from John Reed. The lead would be two runs, as the Cavs scored another run in the second inning, as Anderson led off the inning with a solo home run.
   Milligan would cut the lead in half in the third inning. With one out, Little reached first with a base hit and would move to second on a stolen base. He would come around to score on a triple from Price.
   The Buffs would add four more runs in the fifth inning. The inning started with a Cody Cannon walk, Cody Whitlock pinch ran for Cannon. Little followed the walk with an infield hit.
   David Rusaw moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt. Price was intentionally walked to load the bases for Nathan Meade. Meade was walked to bring Whitlock home. Thomas Lister would bring Little and Price home with a single. Meade would come home on a passed ball while Miller was up.
   In the second game, junior Adam Taylor pitched a complete game as he went all seven innings for the win. He gave up two runs on nine hits with five strikeouts. Ryan Boze earned the loss for the Cavs as he went six innings giving up five runs on five hits.
   At the plate for the Buffs, Lister and Little each went 2-for-3. Lister added two RBIs and Little scored two runs. Price was 1-for-2 with a triple, run scored, and one walk.
   The next game for Milligan will be the conclusion of the three game series with UVA-Wise Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Anglin Field.