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Aldridge has solid weekend for Buffs

By Ben Davis
Elizabethton Star Staff

Talk about a big time performance, Milligan’s Megan Aldridge cranked out four home runs and had nine RBI on Sunday in the Lady Buffs double-header sweep of Mountain State (WV) University.

Aldridge, who has already broke the previous Milligan career softball home run record of 16, now has eleven home runs this season and 26 for her career. The senior and former Science Hill standout is batting .374 and has came up with a team high nine doubles.

“Meagan had a great day yesterday (Sunday). She did well,” said Lady Buffs coach Wes Holly. “She is swinging a big bat for us.”

Aldridge went 2-3 in each game yesterday and the Lady Buffs won 10-2 and 10-3.

Kayla Walker gave up five runs on two hits and got the win on the mound in the opening game for Milligan. Megan Hambrick got the win in the second game and Jennifer Wise came in to pick up the save in both games. Hambrick and Wise lead Milligan with six wins a piece on the year while Wise’s 2.45 ERA is currently the best.

The Lady Buffs are now 18-14 against a very tough schedule and are 2-0 in Appalachian Athletic Conference play.

“I am pleased with our performance,” said Coach Holly. “Half of our schedule this year has been against upper level schools. We made out a tough schedule to get the girls ready for conference play.

“Overall, the team has responded well. The team is hitting .297 right now so we almost have a .300 team batting average,” the coach continued. “I’m proud of the girls. They are playing well.”

Milligan will travel to Brevard (NC) College for a non-conference game tomorrow and then host Virginia Intermont College on Saturday for a big AAC double-header.

After a 1-5 start to the season the Buffs baseball team is climbing back to the .500 mark with a 13-15 overall record.

Milligan has won their last five games and their 6-2 AAC record has them in fourth place in the conference.

Kingsport native Nathan Fritz pitched a beauty of a game against Covenant College on Saturday. Fritz threw a one hit complete game shutout in the Buffs 5-0 win in the second game of a double-header.

Fritz, who is now 3-2 this season, struck out four batters and didn’t give up a hit until the final inning of the game.

The baseball team will be in action at King College today and then host Maryville College on Wednesday. They will then travel to Bluefield College on Saturday for a double-header.

The Buffs golf team shot a 606 to land a second place finish in the Tennessee Wesleyan College Invitational yesterday at the Springbrook Country Club in Niota, TN.

Grayson Patton shot a 147 in the 36 hole event to lead Milligan. Ryan Morris had a 148.

Union College won the event with an even 600.

Milligan finished fourth at the Cattails at Meadowview Invitational last Tuesday in Kingsport.

The Buffs shot a team score of 309 which was just seven shots behind leaders Virginia Intermont and Union College.

Grayson Patton led Milligan with a 76 while Matt Ongie and Ryan Morris each shot a 77 in that match.

Milligan’s next match will be the Cavalier Invitational at the Ridgefields Country Club in Kingsport.

The Milligan track and field team will kick off its outdoor season on Thursday with the Milligan College Relays at the Liberty Bell Track Complex in Johnson City, TN. The team will then participate in the Western Carolina Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Cullowhee, NC.

The Men’s and Women’s tennis teams have two matches this week. They will play at UVA-Wise on Wednesday and then at home against Covenant College on Saturday.

Elizabethton Star Article

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