NATCHITOCHES, La. – The Nicholls State University baseball team received a 2-run home run from Gage Teer to break a 4-all tie in the 10th inning as the Colonels took the series against Northwestern State with an 8-4 victory Sunday afternoon.
Nicholls (9-6, 2-1 SLC) tied the game in the eighth on a base hit by Lee Clark to force the extra inning. Gavin Wehby led off the 10th with a walk and the next batter, Teer, took a 2-0 pitch over the left field wall. The Colonels then added two insurance runs, scoring both on a wild pitch.
In the bottom half, Adam Tarver (1-0) issued a walk before retiring the next three to earn the victory.
The Colonels continued to excel at the plate, finishing with 11 hits in the victory. Teer led the way after going 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Joey Morales, Alex Tucker and Troy Cahill also finished with two hits each.
Mike Hanchar made the start for the Colonels, going 5.0 innings with two earned runs on six hits and struck out five. Hanchar rebounded from a rough start which saw him give up a 2-run homer to the second batter of the game.
Nicholls was able to tie the game in the third with three straight singles. Wehby drove in the first run with a base hit to right and Teer evened it up on a groundout.
Both teams scored in the fifth, with Teer coming through once again with a run-scoring single up the middle. Morales led off the frame with a double and came around to score on Teer’s hit. NSU quickly tied it up in the bottom half after an error allowed a run to score.
The Demons then took the lead in the sixth on a solo home run by Tyler Smith off of reliever Daniel Goff.
Clark’s game-tying hit in the eighth was set up by a leadoff hit-by-pitch by Wehby. Wehby moved to second on a wild pitch and scored from second on Clark’s single down the left field line.
Tarver led another solid showing from the bullpen, throwing three hitless innings and struck out five. In the series, the Colonel relievers combined for 10.1 innings, allowing just one earned run on three hits and struck out 16.
Cole Langdon suffered the loss, pitching 3.0 innings with four earned runs on four hits.
The Colonels will play two midweek games, starting Tuesday, March 14 against Ole Miss. The game is scheduled to play in Biloxi, Mississippi with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nicholls will then host Tulane at Ray E. Didier Field on Wednesday at 6 p.m.