The Buffs claimed the regular-season championship Wednesday at Lake Tansi Golf Resort in Crossville. Their average score of 73.1 over 72 holes of tournament play — 36 last fall and 36 this week left them with a 10-shot advantage over Tennessee Wesleyan.
The two teams will now play for the Champions Cup at Elizabethton Golf Club on April 10.
Cameron Dugger, a freshman from Hampton, led the Buffs with a 291 total. That was second overall to Deven Broadaway (284) of Truett-McConnell.
Dugger, who played his high school golf at Happy Valley, was named first-team all-conference along with by freshman Josh Gambrell (293). Sophomore Mitchell Sutton (297) was named to the second team.
The AAC player of the year will be named after the NAIA qualifier on April 14-15. The winning team there advances to the national tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The softball team saw its unbeaten conference streak snapped at 11 games Wednesday in an 8-0 shutout at the hands of 11th-ranked Reinhardt.
The Buffs didn’t take long to bounce back, however, as they won the second game of a double-header at Anglin Field 10-5. They got five runs in the first inning, including two-run singles by Chancli Connatser and Lindsey Keys, and then buried the Eagles with Kimberly Robinson’s three-run homer in the second.
Krista Lambdin’s 20-game hit streak ended in the opener.
Milligan (14-9) still leads the AAC with an 11-1 record. Reinhardt, the preseason favorite, is 13-3. The Eagles (33-8) have played 41 games so far, to 23 for the Buffs.
Coach Wes Holly’s team shouldn’t have much trouble holding its position at the top of the standings for awhile longer. The Buffs play at last-place Truett-McConnell on Saturday.
Tyler Wilson turned in a third straight quality start on the mound Monday to keep the Buffs from being swept at Point.
The senior left-hander from Science Hill scattered six hits in seven innings of a 5-1 victory. He struck out seven to improve to 4-2 this season.
The Buffs (16-11) had lost a double-header on Sunday, 7-6 and 7-1, but still are tied for fourth place in the conference at 8-7.
They were playing at Bluefield College on Thursday, and will get back into AAC play this weekend at Bryan.
Milligan swept the weekly AAC honors in track and field on Monday.
Jessica Norris broke a pair of school records at the Winthrop Invitational over the weekend, posting 5.08 meters in the long jump and 10.56 in the triple jump. Hannah Segrave was second in a field of 50 in the 800 with a time of 2:14.36.
On the men’s side, Brandon Sissel was seventh in the javelin (45.23), while Taylor Tafelsky was third in the 1500 (3:54.87) at the Raleigh Relays.
The Buffs compete in a meet at High Point, N.C., this weekend.