Baseball falls twice to open TMU series

Published 8:55 am Monday, March 4, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ga. (March 2, 2019) – The Milligan College baseball team fell twice to open an Appalachian Athletic Conference series against Truett McConnell University Saturday afternoon. In a rescheduled and relocated doubleheader, Milligan lost 9-5 and 12-2.

Milligan (4-8, 0-2 AAC) led 5-2 through seven innings of game one, but walks and a couple of costly errors saw the Bears plate two runs in the eighth and five runs in the ninth to claim the win. It did not get much better in game two, as Truett McConnell jumped out front first with a 3-0 lead through two innings and added three-spots in the fourth, fifth and sixth to put the second game away and win the series.

Freshman Chance Hall and junior Kirby Smith posted multihit games in the opener, both going 2-for-4. Camron Harper made the start and pitched seven quality innings. He struck out six and walked none while scattering nine hits and two earned runs. Jeffrey Meffordsuffered the loss despite all five runs in the ninth inning going down as unearned.

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Milligan managed only four hits in the nightcap and scored both its runs in the third inning on Truett mistakes. Hall suffered the loss after conceding 10 hits and six runs in four innings of work to start game two.

Up next, Milligan and Truett finish the series Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the makeup of Friday’s postponed opener. After that, the Buffs will be home next week, weather pending, for two nonconference midweek games before hitting the road again over the weekend for AAC action at Reinhardt University.