Buffs third in AAC, open with King in tourney

from staff reports

   The Milligan College baseball team with a record of 34-20 overall and 20-7 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference, finished in third place in the regular season, and will play No. 6 seed King (Tenn.) College in the first round of the AAC Tournament today at 12:30 p.m. at Johnson City's Cardinal Park.
   The Buffaloes had one players selected to the All-AAC Team in 2004. Junior third baseman Dustin Price from Johnson City was voted All-AAC Utility Infielder.
   In 54 games, which Price started every game, he led the team in batting average (.416), runs (58), hits (77), doubles (17), triples (5), RBIs (54), total bases, (146), slugging percentage (.789), walks (32), on base percentage (.511) and broke the school record with 14 home runs. Price was nominated for AAC Player of the Year.
   Freshman Kory Kinnear from Greensboro, N.C. was nominated for AAC Freshman of the Year as he played in 43 games with a .310 batting average and tied for second on the team with 33 RBIs.
   Honorable Mention for the All-AAC team includes seniors Brad Hitch (SS), Chad Davis (P), Chris Shockley (P) and Brian Miller (1B/DH); juniors Nathan Meade (2B) Jake McAllister (P) and Nathan Chandler (P/C); and sophomore outfielder David Rusaw.
   The Buffaloes had four players named to the Academic All-AAC team, senior Brad Hitch, juniors Dustin Price and Jake McAllister along with sophomore Will Little.
   In the AAC Home Run Derby held Monday afternoon, representing Milligan, senior Brian Miller finished second to Ray Gill of Brevard (N.C.) College.