Milligan falls to #12 Montreat

from staff reports

   The Milligan College baseball team fell to #12 Montreat (N.C.) College in Appalachian Athletic Conference action by the score of 8-4 Sunday afternoon at Anglin Field. Milligan moves to 15-11 overall and 7-4 in the AAC while Montreat improves to 12-1 in the conference and 24-7 overall.
   Montreat scored early on the Buffs. In the first inning, Anthony Poree scored on a single from Daniel Vaughn.
   The Cavaliers added two more runs in the second inning as Mark Hudson scored on Matt McCraw's ground out and Poree came around to score on Price Stevens' single.
   The Cavaliers added two more runs in the fourth inning on Drew Sandri's single that scored McCraw and Poree.
   Milligan cut into the lead in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Junior third baseman Dustin Price led the inning off with a single and moved to second and third on two passed balls. Price scored on an RBI single from junior second baseman Nathan Meade.
   Montreat pushed another run across in the fifth inning as Willie Jones scored on a double steal of home while Hudson ended up on second base.
   The Buffaloes clawed back in the sixth inning. Price reached first with a one out single followed by a walk to Meade. Freshman catcher Thomas Lister brought both Price and Meade home to score with his double.
   A passed ball allows the runner for Lister, Cody Whitlock to move to third base and scored on a ground ball to first base by freshman Kory Kinnear.
   In the ninth inning, Montreat added two insurance runs as Stephens and Vaughn both scored on a passed ball.
   For Milligan on the mound, junior Adam Taylor picked up the loss going two innings giving up three runs on five hits. Brandon Vaughn earns the win for Montreat as he pitched nine innings allowing four runs, three earned runs on five hits.
   At the plate for the Buffaloes, Dustin Price went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Nathan Meade and Thomas Lister each went 1-for-4 with one run scored, Lister also added two RBIs.
   Next for Milligan will be a trip to play NCAA Division II Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) College Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m.