Baseball: Pitching, defense lifts Colonels to 3-0 win over LSUA

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THIBODAUX, La. – An errorless effort by the defense combined with nine shutout innings fueled a 3-0 victory for the Nicholls State University baseball team against LSUA Wednesday night on Ben Meyer Diamond at Didier Field.

The win was the 20th on the year for Nicholls (20-21), while LSUA, a member of the NAIA, fell to 30-20.

Parker White (3-3) earned the win with three strikeouts in six shutout innings. He allowed three hits and walked none, and as a staff, Nicholls issued just one walk while fanning six Generals.

Nicholls pushed across a run in the second, fifth and six innings, finishing the night with eight hits. Two came from the hot-hitting Austin France, who over the last five games, is 8 of 16 at the plate with four two-hit outings.

Christopher Sandberg was responsible for the first run, driving a 2-1 pitch up the middle for an RBI in the second. In the fifth, France drove in Champ Davison from second when he blooped a two-out double to right center.

The final run of the night came from a CJ Hughes single in the sixth. With runners on second and third, Hughes found a gap up the middle for an RBI, but the Colonel lead stayed at 3-0 after LSUA center fielder Ronnie McBride threw out Dane Simon at the plate.

LSUA’s biggest threat to score was in the seventh after loading the bases with two outs. Zach Autin, Colin Kramer, and Tyler Theriot all pitched in the frame, with Theriot hitting a batter that made the bags full. But he would get a flyout to center to escape the inning.

Brandon Andrews pitched the final two frames and retired LSUA in order for his second save of the year. Simon capped a strong defensive performance for the Colonels with a diving catch in center to end the game.

The Generals were held to three hits. Kale Parks (2-3) took the loss, throwing 6.0 innings with eight hits and two earned runs.

Nicholls will welcome San Jose State to The Did for a three-game nonconference series this weekend. Friday’s opener is scheduled for 6 p.m

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