Robinson tosses perfect game for Milligan
by Staff Reports
BRISTOL, Va. - Former Watauga standout pitcher, and current Milligan College freshman right-hander Kim Robinson, became the first Milligan pitcher to throw a perfect game since 1998 in the Buffaloes' 2-0 victory over Virginia Intermont on Wednesday.
Milligan (13-8, 10-0 AAC) swept Virginia Intermont (19-14, 10-6) in a doubleheader 2-0 and 13-3 to remain perfect in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. The Buffaloes also improved their winning streak to eight games.
Robinson (3-1), who retired 21 straight batters induced eight flyouts and nine groundouts, while striking out four batters. She tossed the first perfect game by a Milligan pitcher since Tonya Bailey's perfect game 16 years ago.
Robinson threw seven pitches in the final inning. She retired the top of the Intermont order with a groundout to shortstop, a flyout to left, and a groundout to second base.
"We've known all season how hard Kim works and the hours she's put into being better," Milligan coach Wes Holly said. "Today was evidence of her hard work and mental toughness."
Krista Lambdin provided Robinson with the offensive support by launching a two-run home run in the top of the third to break open the scoring.
Lambdin's homer was the first hit of the day for Milligan. Virginia Intermont pitcher Michalah Sacre, a two-time AAC pitcher of the week this season, held Milligan to two hits and one earned run.
Sacre struck out five in the complete game but took the loss.
Robinson accounted for the other hit off Sacre in game one. She singled to left to start a two-out rally where Milligan looked to put the game away in the sixth. The Buffaloes left three stranded in that inning.
Robinson had a big game from the plate in the second game when she went 4-for-4 from the plate with a walk.
Milligan's bats came to life in the second inning of the nightcap when Jessica Wheelock and Natalie Sheffey hit back-to-back two-out doubles to give the Buffaloes a 3-0 lead. Robinson punctuated the scoring outburst with a two-run home run to make it 5-0 Milligan advantage
After the five-run second inning, Milligan scored four runs over the next four innings before scoring four runs in the top of the seventh.
Wheelock and Sheffey each added a home run. Wheelock went 3-for-3 and Shefley went 3-for-4 from the plate.
Milligan's starting pitcher Chancli Connatser threw her seventh complete game of the season. She struck out a season-high 10 batters, while walking just one. She scattered seven hits and gave up three earned runs.
Milligan will look to keep its perfect conference record intact this weekend when the Buffs host Columbia College (17-9, 5-5 AAC) at Anglin Field at 1 p.m. Sunday.