Buffs claim back-end of  doubleheader with C-N

By Tim Chambers
STAR STAFF
tchambers@starhq.com

   Carson Newman was sky high after a 3-2 win over the Tennessee Vols last week at Lindsey Nelson Field. Monday night the big orange was trimmed with black and white, and read "Milligan" across the chest.
   Taking advantage of five Eagle errors in the first inning, Milligan jumped on top 3-0 and never looked back, winning 5-3 in the second game of the doubleheader over their NCAA Division II foe.
   "We beat a very good ball club tonight," stated Milligan coach Danny Clark. "I have a great amount of respect for Coach (Brent) Achord and his program."
   "We lost a 16-inning game to them the last time, so our kids really wanted this one tonight."
   The Eagles took the opener, 5-4.
   In Game 2, Nathan Meade led off with a with a high chopper to third that went for an infield hit, and advanced to second on a stolen base. A wild throw from catcher Bryan Fowler allowed Meade to advance to third, and when the ball got by centerfielder Nick Jacobs for a second error, Meade raced home for a 1-0 Buff lead.
   Kory Kinnear laced a two-out double in the same inning, followed by Brian Miller being safe on an infield error by Ryan Haun. A fifth error by second baseman Cody Hendrix off a ball hit by Jacob McAllister allowed Kinnear and Miller to score for a 3-0 score.
   Meanwhile, Todd Speas kept the Eagle bats silent for two innings until Haun made amends for his first error by crushing a pitch over the left center-field wall for a solo home run.
   Milligan added two unearned runs in the third when Dustin Price reached on another error by Haun while Kinnear was safe when Hendrix bobbled his chopper. A single from Miller loaded the bases for McAllister, who sent a Gavin Scroggins fastball to center, scoring Price.
   A sacrifice fly off the bat off the bat of Nathan Chandler was good for another run as Milligan increased the lead at 5-1.
   The Eagles used the long ball to pick up a solo run in the fourth after Brian Chapman sent a pitch over the left center-field fence for a home run, cutting the margin at 5-2.
   Milligan had opportunities in the fifth and sixth innings, but a double-play wiped the slate clean after five, and Will Little was left stranded at second after driving a two-out double into the left-field corner in the sixth.
   Carson Newman tried to rally in the sixth, thanks to a home run by first baseman T.J. Graves. A single by Chapman and a double from Jacobs brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the sixth.
   Clark summoned Ryan Conner in from the bullpen and the 6-0 freshman from Knoxville extinguished the fire by getting Hendrix on a fly ball to left field.
   Meade retired the side in order in the seventh to earn the save for the Buffaloes.
   Graves got the win going 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, all by the way of solo homers, and six hits. Kinnear, Miller and McAllister went 1 for 2 in the nightcap while Kinnear scored two runs for Milligan.
   Meade and Little added a 1-for-3 evening to help the cause.
   Added Clark, "Our kids are well aware of the school record 36 wins, so they pretty much knew we needed to split today in order to have a chance. I am proud of the wall they battled."
   Milligan stands at 30-17 on the season.
   Carson Newman 5 Milligan 4 (1st game)
   Milligan looked to blow the game open in the first inning as Meade opened with a single and scored on a base hit by Price.
   Thomas Lister smacked a single to plate David Rusaw who had walked. A base hit off the bat of Ben Huff scored Brian Miller, who had walked, and Cody Whitlock, who entered the game as a runner for Lister, giving the Buffaloes a 4-0 advantage.
   Carson-Newman added solo runs in the second and fourth innings and a pair in the third to tie the game at four. Hendrix, Graves and Jacobs had key hits to aid the Eagle comeback.
   The Eagles tallied the winning run in the seventh when Graves walked and moved to third on a single by Brian Chapman. Jacobs hammered a single, scoring Graves and giving Carson Newman a 5-4 lead.
   Milligan threatened in the seventh after Price singled and advanced to third on a double by Miller, but the Eagles were able to strand the tying and winning runs on second and third to earn a hard fought decision.
   Chandler took the loss in relief giving up one run on four hits in two innings of relief. Price had a tremendous day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two doubles and one RBI. Brian Miller followed at 2 for 3.
   Milligan will host Lincoln Memorial University Wednesday evening at Anglin Field.