Colonels upended in TAMU-CC series finale, 12-2
THIBODAUX, La. — After a controversial opening frame led to the eventual ejection of head coach Seth Thibodeaux, the Nicholls State University baseball program (14-17, 9-7 SLC) struggled to match the offensive output of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (9-22, 5-10 SLC) throughout the fourth and final contest of the weekend series, dropping a 12-2 decision to the Islanders on Sunday afternoon at Ben Meyer Diamond at Ray E. Didier Field.
Bolstered by a three-run first inning primarily due to a pair of Red & Gray errors, the A&M-Corpus Christi batting order consistently attacked the Nicholls bullpen throughout the contest, facing eight different Colonels on the mound while scoring in six of the game’s nine frames. Meanwhile, the Red & Gray only managed to chip away at the Islander advantage on two separate occasions early on, as sophomore Kyle Boudreaux knocked home the team’s first run on a 6-3 RBI groundout midway through the third before senior Dillon Belle scored the second on a sacrifice fly to deep right field later in the fourth.
KEY STORYLINES & STATISTICS
— With the loss, the Colonels fall to 14-17 overall for the season along with a 9-7 mark in Southland competition; meanwhile, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi improves to a 9-22 mark on the year with a 5-10 record in league play.
— Sophomore starter Nick Heckman (1-4) absorbed the loss, his fourth of the year, after working through the entirety of the opening frame with five runs allowed on one hit. Out of the bullpen, freshman Nico Saltaformaggio took over for the game’s longest stretch, 2.0 innings, as the right-hander surrendered one run on three hits. Of specific note, only two of the squad’s eight pitchers gave up no runs during the matchup — sophomore Josh Mancuso, who handled the fourth with just one hit allowed, and senior Beau Balado, who tossed the entire sixth and one out into the seventh also with just one hit surrendered.
— Offensively, Boudreaux paced the team behind two hits and one RBI, doubling his hit total for the year and improving his average up to a solid .286 for the season.
With a back-to-back-to-back home series stretch concluded, the Red & Gray dive headlong into Southland Conference play with a pair of road series at Lamar and Northwestern State over the course of the next two weekends, initially battling the Cardinals from Friday, Apr. 16 through Sunday, Apr. 18 in Beaumont, Texas before turning attention to the Demons from Friday, Apr. 23 through Sunday, Apr. 25 up in Natchitoches, La.
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