Offensive woes doom Colonels as UIW secures doubleheader sweep
THIBODAUX, La. — Despite a consistent ability to advance runners into scoring position, the Nicholls State University baseball program (17-25, 12-15 SLC) struggled to string together enough offensive output to threaten UIW (16-24, 12-19 SLC) throughout Saturday afternoon’s doubleheader bout, initially dropping a 6-1 decision to the Cardinals before surrendering a tight 3-2 loss in the day’s finale at Ben Meyer Diamond at Ray E. Didier Field.
The Red & Gray’s offensive shortcomings most notably shown through during game one, a seven-inning contest, as the Colonels finished with 11 runners left-on-base, including three in the first and two in each the third, fifth and seventh frames. During the latter half of the twin bill, though, the two squads endured through a classic pitcher’s duel, as Nicholls starter Trever Kilcrease powered through 6.0 innings with just two runs given up while Cardinal opener Isaiah Zavala settled on 8.0 frames of work with two runs allowed as well.
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— With the pair of losses, the Colonels fall to 17-25 overall for the season along with a 12-15 mark in Southland competition; meanwhile, UIW improves to a 16-24 mark on the year with a 12-19 record in league play.
— Freshman Devin Desandro (3-2) absorbed the loss following his 4.1 innings on the mound in the opener, finishing with five strikeouts and five runs surrendered on six hits. Sophomores Tyler Theriot and Nick Heckman took over for the final 2.2 frames, giving up one hit each while the former allowed one run to score.
— After Kilcrease took a seat during the second matchup, fellow senior Beau Balado handled a majority of the action across 1.2 innings of work, surrendering one run on two hits while setting down four on strikes. Junior Joe Taylor took over for the final frame, striking out one while allowing no runs on zero hits.
— Offensively, freshman Caleb Hill impressed with an RBI in each game — the latter of which nearly sparked a ninth-inning rally — while sophomore Austin Cain notched the other Red & Gray RBI on a well-hit single. Notably, junior Dane Simon broke out of his mid-season slump (entered game two zero of his last 20 at-bats) throughout the late contest, posting two hits and scoring one run for the Colonels.
With the series nearly complete, the Colonels look to even the four-game set up during the finale on Sunday afternoon, first pitch slated for 2 p.m. at Didier Field.
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