Nicholls drops series finale to HBU, 6-3

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THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls State University baseball program proved a tough challenge for Houston Baptist throughout Sunday afternoon’s rubber match, but the Huskies managed to pull away late, wrapping up the series behind a 6-3 victory over the Colonels at Didier Field in Thibodaux, La.

With the loss, Nicholls falls to a 24-24 overall record (11-13 Southland) on the season while Houston Baptist improves to a 17-30 mark (9-15 Southland).

Houston Baptist once again got off to a quick start, grabbing a 1-0 lead in the first inning off a sacrifice fly. The Colonels, however, immediately responded, evening the matchup back at 1-1 off the bat of Adam Tarver, who drove a single up the middle to score Champ Davison from second. Just an inning later, Austin France reached on a hit-by-pitch and moved over to second on a steal, setting up the Colonels in scoring position. Chris Sandberg took advantage, doubling off the left-field wall as Nicholls picked up its only lead of the day, 2-1.

Less than a half-frame later, HBU returned fire with an RBI double of its own from Brandon Bena, knotting the score at 2-2. Later in the fifth inning, Bena posted his second RBI double of the contest, pushing the Huskies out to yet-another one-run advantage.

The Colonels stormed back two-outs deep in the fifth, working Tarver (reached on an error) around the bases off back-to-back singles from Brady Bell and Dane Simon. Following a pair of scoreless innings, the Huskies regained a lead they would never surrender, picking up two in the eighth and an insurance home run in the ninth to seal the 6-3 win.

On the mound, Shane Mejia handled the opening 4.2 frames for Nicholls, surrendering three runs (two earned) on six hits with a pair of strikeouts. Peter Holland (1-2) absorbed the loss, acting as primary relief for the Colonels for 2.2 innings. The junior gave up two runs on five hits with one batter retired on strikes.

Oppositely, HBU senior Zach Carter notched his sixth-ever complete game, holding off Nicholls throughout the matchup with three runs allowed (two earned) on 12 hits with six strikeouts.

With the series concluded, the Colonels shift focus back to their non-conference slate, traveling to New Orleans for a midweek matchup against Tulane on Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m.

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