Milligan men’s golf closes gap at AAC spring tournament

2:12 am | April 9, 2013

PINEVILLE, Ky. — The Milligan College men’s golf team pulled within four strokes in the Appalachian Athletic Conference race during the Union Invitational on Monday.
The tournament is also serving as the AAC’s Spring Championships.
The Buffaloes were paced by Whit Brown and Kody Fawcett as they finished in a tie for 10th with an opening-round score of 76. Mitchell Sutton fired an 80 to finish in a tie for 29th.
Hunter O’Neal shot an 81 to place in a tie for 37th, while Matthias Wild rounded out the Buffaloes with an 82. Nick Kyte fired an 80 as an individual.
As a team, the Buffaloes ended the first day in sixth with a team total of 313. Union paced the first round as it scored a 296, while St. Andrews University currently sits in second with a team total of 305. Reinhardt University and University of the Cumberlands are tied for third, while Virginia Intermont sits in fifth.
In the race for the AAC, Milligan is currently four strokes behind leader Union with a 927. Tennessee Wesleyan is second as they are two strokes ahead of the Buffaloes. Results from the spring tournament are combined with the results of the fall tournament to crown a regular season conference champion.
Action resumes today.
WOMEN’S GOLF
PINEVILLE, Ky. — The Milligan College women’s golf team finished the opening of the Union Invitational in eighth place Monday at the Wasiota Wind Golf Club. The tournament also serves as the Appalachian Athletic Conference spring tournament.
Kayla Kmetz, Kaitlyn Harville and Madison Smith all shot 89 to pace the Lady Buffs, placing them in a tie for 21st. Brittany Branker scored a 95 to end the day in 34th.
Sabrina Smithson ended the first round with a 95 to finish the day in 37th. Playing as an individual, Summer Heath fired an 87 to end the round in 18th.
As a team, Milligan finished the round in eighth with a 361, two shots behind seventh place St. Andrews. SCAD-Atlanta ended the day in first place, while Tennessee Wesleyan will be in second entering the final round.
Second round is set for today
SOFTBALL
Milligan College junior Chancli Connatser was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference’s Player of the week for the second consecutive week.
The honor was announced by the AAC league office on Monday afternoon.
Connatser was 3-0 on the week and picked up a save to help the Lady Buffaloes (10-4, 11-14) extend their winning streak to eight games.
In just over 17 innings of work, the junior allowed just four earned runs on 15 weeks. Connatser recorded 12 strikeouts combined with a 1.59 ERA.
On the season, Connatser has an ERA of 2.30 with 69 strikeouts. She has allowed just 29 earned runs in 18 games this season.
Connatser and company are slated to return to action on Wednesday as they travel to Columbia College for an AAC doubleheader. First pitch in Columbia, S.C., is set for 3 p.m.
BASEBALL
The Buffs pulled away to take a 10-2 nonconference victory over Roanoke College Monday night at Anglin Field.
After the Maroons opened the game with two runs in the top of the first, the Buffaloes responded in the second as Hunter Carpenter drove Tyree Jeffries across home plate. Milligan kept the inning alive and tied the game when Brett Mercurio scored off a Blake Buck hit.
Logan Suggs and Corey McPherson scored in the bottom of the third inning to give the Buffaloes a 4-2 lead. In the fourth, McPherson used a double to plate runs from Dustin Clawson and Carpenter to extend the Milligan advantage to 6-2.
Sam Tarlton added a run in the bottom of the seventh as he drove in McPherson. Kirk continued the inning as he scored off a Jeffries single, and Jeffries scored on a Mercurio single to make it a 9-2 game.
The Buffs added a run in the bottom of the eighth.
Tarlton led the way at the plate with a 3-for-5 effort that included four RBIs. McPherson was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Jeffries was also 2-for-3.
On the mound, Corey Jenkins picked up the win in relief work. In two innings of work, Jenkins allowed just one hit with three strikeouts.
With the win, Milligan evened its record at 18-18.
The Buffs return to action on Wednesday as they travel to UVA-Wise for a nonconference doubleheader. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.
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Unable to answer four final-inning runs, the Milligan baseball team fell 5-4 to Appalachian Athletic Conference St. Andrews University Sunday afternoon at Anglin Field.
The Buffaloes held a 4-1 advantage after the two teams traded eighth-inning tallies, but the Knights pushed across four runners in the top of the ninth.
The Buffaloes struck first in the bottom of the fourth inning as Luke Kirk came home on a Tyree Jeffries single.
In the seventh, Milligan extended its lead to 3-0 when Corey McPherson drove in two runs.
A sacrifice fly got St. Andrews on the board in the top of the eighth, then Brett Mercurio delivered an RBI single for the Buffs..
Mercurio and Tyree Jeffries were 3-for-4 with a RBI apiece, while McPherson went 2-for-5.
On the mound, Justin Johnson was handed the loss as he allowed two earned runs. Jake Watts received a no-decision in seven innings of work as he allowed just four hits.
Milligan stands at 7-8 in the AAC, 17-18 overall.
Milligan moves to 17-18 overall and 7-8 in conference action.

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