Baseball: Bedevian throws complete game in Colonels 7-3 win over UIW

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THIBODAUX, La. – Senior Jacob Bedevian threw all nine innings for the Nicholls State University baseball team and the Colonel offense pounded out their Southland best of 15 hits as Nicholls evened up the series against UIW with a 7-3 victory Saturday afternoon on Ben Meyer Diamond at Didier Field.

Bedevian, who played for UIW as a freshman, totaled 118 pitches against his former squad for his second complete game since becoming a Colonel. He struck out three, allowed just four hits and only two earned runs.

Champ Davison had another impressive showing at the plate, going 4 for 5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Davison had three hits in Friday’s game against UIW, which slipped to 22-13 overall and 10-7. Adam Tarver, Dane Simon, and Christopher Sandberg each had two hits for the Colonels.

Sandberg accounted for the first run with an RBI bunt single in the second. With Austin France on third and Simon on second, Sandberg dropped a perfect bunt down the third base line. After France scored easily, Simon tried to score as well but was thrown out at the plate.

Nicholls broke the game open with four runs on four hits in the fourth. Waylon LeBlanc and Davison had back-to-back RBI singles against Tyler Perez (0-2) before a wild pitch made it 4-0. Austin France then drew a four-pitch walk with the bases loaded for a five-run lead.

Following an unearned run in the sixth that made it 6-0, UIW cut the deficit in half with three in the seventh. Antonio Valdez drove in the Cardinals’ first run on a sacrifice fly and Sean Arnold followed with an RBI single to center, and another run scored on Arnold’s hit via an error.

Tarver got the run back for Nicholls in the eighth with an RBI double that drove in Davison.

Bedevian retired UIW in order in the ninth to close the door on his complete game.

Nicholls and UIW wrap up the series Sunday for Military Appreciation Day. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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