Baseball: Colonels earn series sweep over Grambling
THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University baseball team received a combined four home runs and 13 RBIs from Austin France and Nathan Tribble as the Colonels won both games Sunday over Grambling, 16-5 and 7-2, to complete the weekend sweep.
With the win, Nicholls (6-1) will carry its six-game winning streak in Tuesday’s televised matchup with Tulane. First pitch at Ben Meyer Diamond at Didier Field is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Nicholls had a total of five home runs on Sunday, with Alec Paz adding a solo shot in the opening game. The Colonels pounded out 24 hits in the two victories, led by France and Brady Bell with four each.
In game one, Nicholls jumped out to an early 5-1 lead before Grambling (2-5) tied the game in the fifth on a 2-run triple by Nick Wheeler. But the Colonels immediately answered with six runs in the bottom half and tacked on five more unanswered for the win.
The Tigers scored in the opening frame before Nicholls scored four in the second. Paz’ homer put the Colonels on the board and Tribble muscled his first of two 3-run home runs over the right-field wall.
After Grambling tied it up, Brady Bell sparked the big Colonel fifth with a 2-run single. Mason Turner added another run-scoring single and Tribble capped the inning with his second home run of the game.
France left the yard in the sixth, then drove in two on a single in the seventh. Bell slapped a single to center for two runs later in the inning to make the final.
Jacob Bedevian (1-0) earned the win, striking out four in five innings. He allowed four earned runs on eight hits. Parker White and Colin Kramer each threw 2.0 innings out of the bullpen, striking out six while allowing only a hit apiece.
For the night cap, Nicholls used a five-run third to gain control and the pitching staff, led by freshman Shane Mejia, took care of the rest.
Mejia struck out nine batters in five innings, scattering six hits while walking three. Peter Holland, Beau Balado, and Brandon Andrews tossed a shutout inning each, and Cyle Clayton fanned three in the ninth.
France led Nicholls with a 2-for-3 outing and drove in three in the third on his second homer of the day. Paz and Tribble also had RBI singles in the inning.
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