Lady Buffs hold VI to zero runs, one hit in sweep

from staff reports

   The Milligan College women's softball team braced the cold weather Monday afternoon as they traveled to Bristol, Va., and totally blanked the Virginia Intermont Lady Cobras in a doubleheader, 7-0 and 5-0.
   In the first game Brandy Waddle (7-5) pitched her second no-hitter of the year, her first coming from a win at Mars Hill on February 29.
   Waddle faced 22 batters, had six strike outs, and missed having a perfect game by hitting a batter in the fourth inning. The game was scoreless until the fifth inning, when Sarah Smith scored off a base hit from Traci Harrison, followed by another base hit from Amanda Verner, who brought Harrison home making the score 2-0.
   Milligan went on to score four runs in the fifth inning, when Rebecca Gilley went to bat with the bases loaded and brought in three runs for the Lady Buffs.
   Brooke Davis followed with her own RBI single, scoring Gilley and pushing Milligan's lead out 6-0. During the sixth, Leah Fritts reached base off a bunt. Fritts was followed by Verner with another bunt which brought Fritts in making the final score of the first contest 7-0.
   Harrison (7-2) pitched a one-hitter during the second game, facing 23 batters, allowing only one single off a hit in the fifth inning, and forcing seven strikeouts.
   In the first, Smith went to bat with the bases loaded, bringing in three runs for the Lady Buffs. Brooke Davis and Megan Aldridge had back-to-back RBIs in the sixth, making the final score of the game 5-0.
   In the first contest, the Lady Buffs played with no errors and were led by Gilley, who went 1-for-3 with the big blow in the fifth. Fritts ended 2-for-3, trailed by Smith and Aldridge, who each went 1-for-4. During the second contest Aldridge went 2-for-3, followed by Shelby Banion at 1-for-3 and Smith at 1-4.
   Only one error occurred in the second game.
   Milligan coach Wes Holly was very proud of his team's effort, saying, "The girls really rose to the occasion today. They only had one error in two games, hit well, and are on the right track to taking our season where we want it to be."
   The Lady Buffs improve to 15-7 overall and 8-2 in the AAC. They will next travel to Montreat College on Wednesday, and will play again at home on Sunday at 1 p.m. against the Union Bulldogs.