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MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (April 6, 2018) – The Milligan College softball team celebrated Senior Day 2018 in style as they blasted Allen University 19-0 and 21-0 in an Appalachian Athletic Conference Doubleheader at Anglin Field.
With the sweep, the Lady Buffs captured their fourth straight doubleheader sweep and improved to 18-10 on the season. Milligan is 11-3 in AAC action.
Former Unicoi County standout Neelee Griffith blasted a two-run home run over the left field fence, her sixth of the season, on a 1-1 count in the bottom of the first to get Milligan started off on the right foot. Nonetheless, similar to game one at Bluefield earlier this week, fellow freshman Kaylee Frascatore piggybacked off Griffith’s homer with one herself over the left field fence. Three hits later Milligan touched home five more times to put them at an eight-run advantage.
Frascatore led off the second inning with another homer over the left field fence, her sixth of the season. The Buffs worked to score six more runs and six more hits that inning. Allen held Milligan to just one run in the third and registered three hits in the top of the fourth. Freshman Megan Grose hit a two-run home run deep down the right-field line while fellow freshman Morgan Overholser homered over the center field fence to round out Milligan’s game one runs.
Frascatore led with three hits (3-for-3 effort) and three RBI’S. Griffith went 2-for-3 while tallying four RBI’s. Gilbert and Kassi Butcher earned two hits apiece. The Buffs altogether registered 18 hits.
Butcher was given the win in game one allowing just two hits and earning five strikeouts moving her to 9-4 on the season. Josie Milam pitched the last two innings allowing three hits and striking out two.
Milligan College’s momentum carried over into the bottom of the first of game two as the Buffs connected for 12 runs and 12 hits featuring Milligan’s only home run of the game by Jenna Gilbert, over the left field fence, in which scored Tori Tipton. The Buffs touched home two more times in the bottom of the third but the Yellow Jackets held Milligan in the fourth.
Madison Grindstaff led with a 3-for-3 effort and three RBI’s alongside Erica Roller who went 4-for-4 while Gilbert went 3-for-4 and tallied three RBI’s. Kirstan Beaver, Coffey, Savannah Nocera, Shoemaker, and Tipton all earned two hits apiece. Rachel Coffey and Cayley Shoemaker also registered two RBI’s apiece.
Shoemaker earned the win in game two striking out four and allowing three hits while Jaclyn Jenkins closed out the game striking out five of seven batters and allowing one hit.