Southern baseball falls to Nicholls State, 9-8

Southern baseball falls to Nicholls State, 9-8

Information provided by Nicholls State Athletics

THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University baseball team got all it could handle from Southern University on Wednesday night, but a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Colonels past the Jaguars, 9-8, at Ray E. Didier Field.

Justin Holt, Gavin Wehby and Alex Tucker each notched ninth-inning singles to load the bases for Trevor Flynn. Flynn lifted a single of his own over the head of shortstop Robinson Mateo and sent Holt in for the game-winning score as Nicholls (9-9, 1-2 SLC) stormed the field.

Southern (3-11) took advantage of an early error to secure a 1-0 lead in the first.

The Colonels answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame and added four more in the second to take a commanding 6-1 lead.

The Jaguars immediately punched back with three runs in the third inning, before the Colonels chipped in a run in the bottom of the frame.

Southern made things interesting in the sixth, scoring a pair to pull within one, but Nicholls responded to go up, 8-6, in the bottom half of the inning.

Southern continued to fight, putting pressure on the Colonels with an eighth-inning run.

With runners at the corners and two outs in the top of the ninth, the Jaguars hit a slow roller to second that appeared to be the game-ender, but a throwing error on the play allowed the tying run to come home.

Zach Thiac came out of the bullpen and faced just one batter, forcing a fly out to prevent Southern from taking the lead.

Wehby and Joey Morales both hit 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI to lead Nicholls offensively. Holt and Tucker each scored twice, while Ethan Valez, Kyle Reese, Alex Shermer, Dylan Manichia and Flynn all contributed an RBI in the victory.

Troy Lewis led the Jaguars with two RBIs and a run scored on a 2-for-4 night.

Thiac (2-0) earned the win for the Colonels. Adam Tarver surrendered four runs, three earned, on four hits with two strikeouts through three innings in his first start. Hunter Speer gave up two runs on five hits and fanned one batter through two innings of work. Robbie Petty had a solid night, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits with two strikeouts through 3 2/3 innings.

Justin Freeman (0-2) took the loss, surrendering six hits and the game-winning run through 1 1/3 innings on the mound.

Nicholls next heads to the Lone Star State for a three-game series against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday. The Colonels will then return to Thibodaux for a three-game home stand against Sam Houston, beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 24.