The Lions were ranked No. 9 in NAIA and one of the best teams in the Appalachian Athletic Conference, but the Buffs took two out of three games from them, including the doubleheader on Saturday. What makes it even sweeter for Meade is that Milligan is his alma mater and the win came against a conference rival.
“Three hundred is just a number for me,” Meade said. “This is my 12th season and there was discussion at the beginning of the season that I was close. I started to look back and reminisce about all the players that have come through. It was really them that helped me get here. This has been a lot of fun, so far.”
The Buffs got the win on Thursday at home against Union and have a three-game winning streak going. The Buffs improved to 13-19 overall with a 7-9 record in the AAC.
Milligan will continue the weekend series with the Bulldogs on Friday with a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
The Buffs have only one home series left remaining in the regular season on the last weekend of April against Tennessee Wesleyan.
Head coach Ryan Reynolds — a Science Hill and Milligan graduate and lifelong Johnson City native — got his 100th win on as the head coach of the women against Midway (Ky.) on March 23 in resounding fashion, shutting out the Eagles, 9-0.
“It feels awesome,” Reynolds said. “It feels like it has gone by so quickly. We’ve had a lot of good players come through. We’ve won the conference four times in my eight years here. We’ve gone to nationals a few times. It’s been fun.”
The women currently sit at 11-9 overall and 3-5 in the conference with one more home match before the postseason gets underway. The next home match will be Saturday, April 7 against Tennessee Wesleyan. The conference championships will be in Chattanooga on April 20-22.
The Lady Buffs have hit a hot streak as of late with six consecutive wins after a rough start to the season.
They will play Allen in a doubleheader at home on Friday.
The next home series after this weekend will be on Monday, April 16 with a doubleheader against conference foe Reinhardt.
TRACK AND FIELD
The track team has been rolling along as of late with the women garnering a national ranking, coming in at No. 28 and the men’s team is ranked No. 1 in the South region.
Recent Buffs national qualifying marks include 3,000 meter indoor national champion Nathan Baker setting a mark of 14:58 for the 5,000 meter race. He improved his previous personal best by 27 seconds.
Katlyn Haas also set national standard in the 5,000 with a time of 17:44, besting her previous record by 24 seconds.
Sarah Kate Gartman was also a qualifier in the 10,000 meters, finishing in 38:10.
Liz Maller got a new school record in the women’s hammer throw with a toss of 158 feet, 5.6 inches.
Stephanie Wisse, a former Unicoi County standout, also got a national mark of 14.91 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles and set a new school record in the process.
The Buffs will compete next at High Point University on Friday.