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Lady Buffs' season ends in loss to Bryan

April 24th, 2014 11:01 pm by Staff Report

Milligan College faced do-or-die situations twice Thursday at the Appalachian Athletic Conference softball tournament in Kingsport. The second-seeded Buffs didn’t survive to play another day.

Bryan ended their season with a 9-4 victory in the losers-bracket semifinals at Domtar Park. The Lions advanced to take on St. Andrews today at 11 a.m., with top-seeded Reinhardt awaiting the winner.

A day after being upset 6-3 by St. Andrews, the 6-seed, Milligan stayed alive early Tuesday with a 7-4 victory over Point. That bought the Buffs a meeting with a Bryan team they had swept to end the regular season last Friday.

This time the Lions ratched up their offense, getting a grand slam from Miriam Wood to take a 4-2 lead and never looking back.

Milligan finished its season at 22-16.

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The baseball team heads into its final conference series of the regular season with a chance to move up a spot or two.

The Buffs are sixth in the standings with an 11-12 record. Just up the ladder is Bryan (12-12) and St. Andrews (13-10).

Milligan will host Montreat, the ninth-place team, for a single game today and a double-header Saturday. The Buffs close out the regular season with a non-conference game at St. Andrews.

The AAC tournament will open May 5 at Hunter Wright Stadium.

Tennessee Wesleyan is currently atop the standings at 16-7, but it’s a precarious position. Union is just a game out in the loss column, with Reinhardt another game back.

Milligan could use a little momentum. The Buffs are 21-22 and have lost 11 of their last 16 games.

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Milligan got individual victories in 12 events last week as it won the women’s competition and finished second in the men’s at the AAC outdoor track and field championships at Tipton Stadium.

Lauren Grindstaff and Christian Brewer were each named athletes of the meet after winning their respective 1500 and 5K races on back-to-back days on the Sidney Smallwood track. Grindstaff, a senior from Kingsport, shaved 30 seconds off the previous AAC record in the 5K with a run of 17:43.51.

Hannah Segrave won the 400 and 800, setting a new conference mark of 2:16.19 in the latter and beating the field by six seconds. Taylor Tafelsky turned in a personal best of 1:54.18 to win the men’s 800.

In the field, Jessica Norris won the long jump with a record 5.33-meter effort, while Janie Smith won the javelin and Lindsey Black and Hayden Brooks each claimed discus titles.

The Milligan teams will be in Radford, Va., this weekend for the Radford Invitational.

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Ann Sullivan picked up AAC player-of-the-year honors in women’s golf after tying for fifth in the NAIA direct qualifier Tuesday.

The freshman from College Grove shot rounds of 77-83 over the Meadowview at Cattails course in Kingsport as the Lady Buffs finished a distant second to St. Andrews, which earned the automatic bid to nationals. 

ullivan had the best aggregate score from the AAC fall and spring tournaments, and the qualifier. Her Milligan teammate Madison Smith tied for fourth overall. Both players were named to the all-tournament team.

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