Baseball: Colonels win second straight with 3-2 win over San Jose State
THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University baseball team notched its second consecutive win with a 3-2 victory against San Jose State Friday night, opening the three-game series on Ben Meyer Diamond at Ray E. Didier Field.
Nicholls evened its record to .500 with the win at 21-21, while the Spartans fell to 18-24. The teams will continue the series Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Colonels never trailed in the game but had to regain the lead twice after the visitors tied the score in the fifth and eighth innings. The difference in the contest was an Alec Paz RBI single in the eighth, driving in Brady Bell who doubled with one out.
In the ninth, a leadoff walk by Tyler Theriot (2-0) led to two pitching changes for the Colonels. After a sacrifice bunt, Brandon Andrews came in and got the second out on a flyout. Nicholls went to the pen once again and Beau Balado ended the game with a swinging strikeout.
Theriot earned the win in an inning of work but was unable to preserve the lead after Blake Berry hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth that tied the game at 2-2. Trever Kilcrease made the start, going 5.0 innings with one earned run on four hits and struck out four.
Adam Tarver and Dane Simon paced the offense with two hits each. The duo combined for the first run when Simon singled to center for a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
James Shimashita tied it up in the fifth with a two-out RBI single in the fifth for the Spartans. But in the bottom half, the Colonels took advantage of two free passes by Andrew Mitchel to go back up 2-1. After an Ethan Valdez bunt moved the runners into scoring position, Champ Davison stroked a hit to center for an RBI.
Peter Holland pitched 2.1 innings out of the bullpen to help keep the lead. But the Spartans tied it up in the eighth when Berry lifted a homer over the right-field wall on a 1-0 offering by Theriot.
Mitchel lasted six innings for the visitors and struck out five. Berry had two of SJSU’s six hits in the loss.
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