Buffs knocked out by Tornado, 12-3

from staff reports

   JOHNSON CITY -- Call it a lackluster ending to an otherwise stellar campaign.
   Seeing its season come to a close, the Milligan College baseball team fell to King (Tenn.) College by the score of 12-3 in the losers' bracket of the AAC tournament on Friday afternoon at Cardinal Park.
   The Buffaloes finish with a 36-22 record. The 36 wins tie a school record at Milligan.
   King scored the first run in the first inning as Danny Holloway scored on a passed ball from third base. The Tornado added two more in the third inning on a two-run double off the wall in left field from Andrew Belcher.
   The game went scoreless until in the top of the seventh, King added one more to the lead with a RBI single from Aaron Porter.
   Milligan answered in the bottom of the seventh with two runs. Sophomore right fielder David Rusaw drove home sophomore center fielder Will Little with a double, and junior second baseman Nathan Meade scored on a sacrifice fly to right field from junior third baseman Dustin Price.
   The Tornado scored seven runs in the inning on eight hits to push the lead out to eight runs with only two innings left for Milligan. Before Milligan could score another run, King added one more in the top of the ninth inning to make it a 12-2 game.
   Milligan did not give up as Rusaw scored on a passed ball for the Buffaloes.
   The losing pitcher for Milligan was junior Adam Taylor as he went four innings allowing three runs with only one hit allowed and six walks.
   At the plate for the Buffaloes, Nathan Meade and Will Little each had two hits. David Rusaw and Dustin Price each had one RBI. Freshman left fielder Ben Huff went 1-for-2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch.