Buffaloes finish sweep at Alice Lloyd

from staff reports

   PIPPA PASSES, Ky. -- The Milligan College baseball team completed a three game series sweep of Appalachian Athletic Conference foe Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College by the score of 21-5 Sunday afternoon in Pippa Passes, Ky. Milligan improves to 29-16 overall and 17-5 in the AAC.
   The Buffaloes started the offense early against the Eagles. In the top of the first inning, Milligan took a one run lead on an RBI single from freshman Kory Kinnear to score junior Dustin Price.
   In the second inning, Milligan added four more runs as senior short stop Brad Hitch started the scoring with a two run home run that also scored Will Little, pinch running for Nathan Chandler. Junior Nathan Meade and freshman Cody Whitlock scored on a single from Kinnear to add two more runs to the scoreboard.
   Alice Lloyd kept the shutout from happening as they scored four runs in the second inning. Dan Howard and Kevin Slone each had drove in two runs apiece with singles.
   Milligan answered back in the top of the fifth with two runs as Chandler and Hitch scored on a double from sophomore David Rusaw.
   The Eagles cut into the lead in the bottom half of the fifth with a run coming from a double by Jeff Robbins to score Adam Blevins.
   The Buffaloes turned the offense up in the last three innings of the game. Starting in the seventh inning as Little and Rusaw scored on a double by Jacob McAllister.
   In the five-run eighth inning, Hitch led the inning off with a home run, along with runs scored from Meade, Little, Rusaw and Price.
   The top of the ninth put the game out of reach. Milligan scored seven runs with two outs in the inning on six hits. Rusaw and Price scored on a double from Kinnear, while Kinnear scored on a single from Brian Miller. With the bases loaded of Buffs, Hitch hit his third home run of the game to score himself, Miller, McAllister, and Chandler.
   The winning pitcher for Milligan was senior Chris Shockley as he pitched a complete game allowing five runs on eight hits with three strikeouts. For Alice Lloyd in the loss, Travis Slusher went five innings giving up seven runs on ten hits.
   At the plate for the Buffs, Hitch tied two Milligan records with three home runs in a game and seven RBIs. Kinnear also tied the RBI record with seven in the game.
   Rusaw, Kinnear, Brian Miller, McAllister and Meade tied the school record for most at bats in a game with seven plate appearances. Rusaw had four hits while Kinnear, Miller, McAllister and Meade each had three hits on the day. Price was also 4-for-5 with two doubles.
   The Buffs equaled a team record of 27 hits, recording a robust .474 average.
   Next for Milligan, will be a home doubleheader against Carson-Newman at 5 p.m.