Softball drops two close decisions at Bryan

Published 8:09 am Friday, March 20, 2015

DAYTON, Tenn. (March 18, 2015) – The perfect record Milligan College’s softball team had through the first six games of the Appalachian Athletic Conference season was finally blemished on Wednesday as the Buffaloes lost both games of a doubleheader, 4-2 and 6-5, to Bryan College.

Milligan (7-5, 6-2 AAC) suffered the second loss on a walk-off base hit despite rallying from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game in the fifth and take the lead on a two-out single from Kacie Skeen in the sixth. Milligan also rallied in the seventh inning of game one but came up short.

Skeen’s single in the top of the sixth inning of the nightcap followed a two-out, bases-clear situation where Makenzie Lilley got things going with a single to center field. Lilley went to second on a Bryan error, then scored after Skeen sent a 1-1 pitch down the right field line.

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Lilley and Skeen had both scored in the previous frame as well, when Milligan put up a big inning to knot the game up at 4-4. Ashley Arnold drove in the first run of the inning, but the most damage was dealt by Natalie Sheffey, whose two-out triple scored two to tie it.

In the bottom of the seventh, Bryan, which receives votes for the national top-25 poll, tied the game on a solo home run from Katelyn Bowen and won it on a walk-off single from Sarah Hundley.

Milligan’s upcoming schedule includes a 10-game homestand, starting with another AAC doubleheader against Truett-McConnell College on Friday at 1 p.m. The Buffs will also be home on Sunday at 2 p.m. against Hiwassee College.