Baseball: Colonels ‘steal’ win in 16-inning affair against San Jose State

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THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University baseball team won its third consecutive game while clinching the series against San Jose State with a 6-5 walk-off victory in 16 innings Saturday afternoon/evening/night on Ben Meyer Diamond at Ray E. Didier Field.

In a game that lasted nearly six hours and featured 27 combined hits and 12 pitching changes, the Colonels won when Champ Davison stole home on an attempted squeeze play. With the bases loaded and one out, San Jose’s Ben Polack came in from center field to take over the pitching duties. Davison took off for home on the first pitch, Christopher Sandberg pulled back on the bunt attempt when the ball bounced in the dirt, and Davison was able to avoid the tag for the thrilling victory.

Nicholls (22-21) had to fight back twice against the Spartans (18-24), tying the game in the seventh and 10th innings. SJSU jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Colonels made it a 4-4 game in the seventh. Nico Malbrough gave the visitors a 5-4 advantage in the 10th with an RBI single, but Ethan Valdez quickly evaporated it with a leadoff solo home run on a 3-0 pitch against Fineas Bonta-Smith.

Each bullpen would throw a combined five shutout innings before the San Jose arms ran out of gas in the 16th. Davison and Austin France reached on hit-by-pitches, and Adam Tarver drew a walk to set up the final play.

Tyler Theriot (3-1) earned the win with 3.1 innings of relief. Jacob Bedevian made the starting, giving up two earned runs on seven hits in five innings.

Four Colonels had two hits apiece – Valdez, Dane Simon, Brady Bell, and Alec Paz. With Nicholls trailing 3-0 in the fourth, Simon drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly and Bell reached on an error that made it 3-2.

After SJSU went back up 4-2, another Spartan error resulted in a run for the Colonels in the seventh. Bell reached again on a miscue and scored after Paz doubled down the left field line. CJ Hughes followed with a sac fly that made it 4-4.

San Jose had three players with three hits, including Malbrough.

Nicholls will go for the sweep Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

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