Lady Buffs shut out Montreat

from staff reports

   BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. -- The Milligan College Lady Buffs softball team swept Montreat (N.C.) College in Appalachian Athletic Conference action Wednesday afternoon by the scores of 4-0 and 1-0 to improve to 24-10 overall and 10-2 in the AAC.
   In the first game, Milligan opened up a one-run lead in the first inning as freshman Leah Fritts scored on junior first baseman Brooke Davis' single.
   In the second inning, the Lady Buffs scored another run as freshman Megan Aldridge scored on an error as Fritts reached first safely.
   Milligan was not done, as they added two more in the fourth inning. Davis scored as Rebecca Gilley reached base on an error by Montreat and Gilley scored on a single from freshman Ashley Mashburn.
   For Milligan on the mound, junior Brandy Waddle pitched a seven inning complete game allowing two hits with nine strikeouts.
   At the plate for the Lady Buffs, Megan Aldridge, Amanda Verner, Brooke Davis, Sarah Smith and Ashley Mashburn each went 1 for 4. Leah Fritts, Davis, Rebecca Gilley and Mashburn had a RBI apiece.
   In game two, Milligan scored its only run, in the fourth inning, on a squeeze play. Senior Shelby Banion scored as Brandy Waddle put down the bunt and reached first safely with a single.
   Junior Traci Harrison picked up the win pitching six innings of shutout softball. She scattered three hits and struck out six Montreat batters.
   Brandy Waddle came in to earn the save in the seventh inning. In her inning of work, she struck all three batters she faced out.
   At the plate for the Lady Buffs, Smith went 2 for 4 and senior catcher Shelby Banion went 2 for 3 and scored the only run of the game.
   Next for the Lady Buffs will be a double header against Union (Ky.) College in AAC action Sunday afternoon at 1 on Anglin Field.