Nicholls falters in pitching duel, drop UTM baseball series finale
Thibodaux, La. — Less than 24 hours removed from a brilliant offensive display in a game two shutout victory, the Nicholls State University baseball program (13-13, 8-4 slc) struggled to find any rhythm at the plate as the series finale quickly devolved into a pitching duel with visiting Tennessee Martin (10-13, 3-3 ovc), eventually surrendering the weekend sweep opportunity as the Skyhawks clinched a 2-0 win saturday afternoon at Ben Meyer Diamond at Ray E. Didier Field.
Following a three-hit, two-run first inning for UT Martin off red & gray starter Nick Heckman (1-3), the sophomore finally managed to settle in, giving up just one hit for his remaining 3.2 frames holding down the mound. Unfortunately for the right-hander, however, the early advantage for the Skyhawks proved enough as utm starter Sam Folks (2-2) kept the colonel bats quiet for virtually his entire 7.0 innings, giving up just two hits before his bullpen closed out the victory.
Key storylines & statistics
— with the loss, the Colonels move back to .500 (13-13) overall for the season; meanwhile, UT Martin improves to a 10-13 mark on the year.
— Offensively, two of the red & gray’s three total hits came off the bat of junior Dane Simon, who wrapped up the three-game series with a team-best six hits. meanwhile, sophomore Mason Turner, who stepped into the starting lineup for the first time since early March, collected the other hit on the day.
With the Easter weekend series against ut martin officially concluded, the Colonels close out a four-game non-conference stretch with a potential revenge opportunity at in-state rival louisiana, battling the Ragin’ Cajuns over in Lafayette on Tuesday, Apr. 6, first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m.
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