Nicholls edged out in weekend baseball finale against Youngstown State
THIBODAUX, La. — Despite a back-and-forth battle for control throughout the contest, the Nicholls State University baseball program (2-4, 0-0 SLC) struggled to match the late offensive attack of visiting Youngstown State (2-6, 0-0 Horizon) in the finale of the three-game weekend set, falling to the Penguins by a 7-4 margin early Sunday afternoon at Ben Meyer Diamond at Ray E. Didier Field.
With the matchup knotted up at two apiece following the fourth frame, the Youngstown State bats surged to life across the next two innings, grabbing a lead behind a pair of runs in the fifth inning before securing that position with three more to close out the sixth. Oppositely, the Colonels were only able to post two total runs in response across the same span, only later threatening in the eighth before the Penguins’ pitching staff wrapped up the game.
KEY STORYLINES & STATISTICS
— With the loss, the Colonels drop to a 2-4 record while Youngstown State picks up its first win of the weekend, improving to 2-6 on the year.
— Sophomore starter Nick Heckman (0-1) put together a decent outing on the mound through 5.0 frames, giving up just four runs on six hits with three strikeouts, and only began to show some wear after surrendering two consecutive triples to open the sixth. In relief, senior Beau Balado along with junior Cade Evans stepped to conclude the inning, allowing one run on two hits, before senior Peter Holland took over for the next two frames, shutting down the opposing bats for no runs on zero hits along with two strikeouts. Freshman Nico Saltaformaggio closed out the matchup with two hits and no runs given up across the final inning.
— Offensively, both junior Dane Simon and freshman Parker Coddou composed solid performances with two hits apiece; from a scoring perspective, redshirt freshman Basiel Williams jacked his second homer of the year, blasting a shot over the right-field wall early in the third inning, while sophomore Xane Washington recorded the only other RBI of the day with a groundout to third in the fifth.
Following a tough 1-2 weekend, the Colonels look to take advantage of a revenge opportunity against No. 11 LSU in a midweek clash with the Tigers, facing off with the in-state powerhouse on Tuesday, Mar. 2 at Alex Box Stadium, first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m.
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