Buffs beat Union to stay alive

from staff reports

   JOHNSON CITY -- The Milligan College Buffaloes survived against Union (Ky.) College in the AAC Tournament as the Buffs came back to win 7-6 in a losers' bracket game at Cardinal Park.
   With the win, Milligan is now 36-21 on the season and advances to play King (Tenn.) College at 3 p.m. today in a rematch of the first-round matchup.
   Milligan came from behind to win 7-5 in the first round.
   Union scored first as Tim Galbraith scored on a sacrifice fly from Jake Allen in the first inning. The Bulldogs put another run on the board in the second inning with a solo home run from Justin Barrier.
   Milligan cut into the lead in the bottom half of the second inning. Senior first baseman Brian Miller scored on a single from senior short stop BradHitch to cut the lead in half.
   The Buffs tied the game in the third inning. With the bases loaded, junior left fielder Jake McAllister beat out a possible double play, which would have been the third out of the inning, to allow sophomore David Rusaw to score.
   Union answered with two straight RBI singles from Aaron Belcher and Jeff Hall to score Bubba Szary and Barrier respectively.
   The Buffs did not quit as the two run lead was cut in half in the seventh inning when Rusaw drove home sophomore center fielder Will Little with a single.
   The Bulldogs extended the lead once again in the top half of the eighth inning. Brandon Ketron and Szary hit back to back home runs as Union held a 6-3 lead half way through eight innings.
   Milligan responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, freshman catcher Thomas Lister reached on an error by Barrier at his shortstop position followed by a single from Hitch to advance Lister's pinch runner, Cody Whitlock to third base. Little drove home Whitlock with a single followed by a sacrifice fly from junior second baseman Nathan Meade to score Hitch. Rusaw scored Little with a single to tie the game.
   The Buffaloes used a late rally in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the game. Freshman Ben Huff led the inning off with a single, moved to second on a base hit from Lister, then moved to third on a sacrifice fly to center field from Hitch. Little's sacrifice fly to right field allowed Huff to score and pick up the victory for Milligan.
   For Milligan on the mound, senior Chad Davis picks up the win as he pitched the ninth inning, only allowing one hit with one strikeout.
   At the plate for the Buffaloes, Rusaw went 3-for-5 with one run scored and two RBIs, Huff went 2-for-3 and scored the game-winning run, and Little had two hits on the day with two RBIs.