BEAUMONT, Texas – The Nicholls State University baseball program topped Lamar University 2-0 in the first game of a doubleheader Friday behind senior Cole Stapler and sophomore Adam Tarver’s combined three-hit shutout at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
The Colonels (22-23, 9-11 SLC) dropped the second game 7-5 to the Cardinals (26-18, 12-11 SLC). The rubber match will be at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Nicholls 2, Lamar 0
Stapler gave up just two hits, a single in the first and the eighth, en route to 8.0 scoreless frames. His record improved to 5-5 as he struck out seven and walked four. Tarver entered in the ninth to preserve the contest and earn his sixth save of the season.
Nicholls scored via an Ethan Valdez RBI double in the fifth and a Juan Givan RBI single in the eighth.
This marked the first shutout for the Colonels in conference play this season.
Stapler outdueled Cardinals ace Carson Lance. Lance allowed eight hits and two runs (one earned) in 8.0 innings of work.
Lamar 7, Nicholls 5
A five-run fourth inning proved costly as the Colonels dropped the second game of the day against the Cardinals.
Nicholls outhit Lamar 14-11. Kyle Knauth, Alex Tucker, and Gavin Wehby each recorded three hits.
The Colonels tied the contest 1-1 in the third inning when Knauth ripped an RBI double down the right-field line, scoring Givan.
The five-run fourth for the Cardinals was aided by three hits and two Nicholls errors. Lamar added another run in the fifth to take a 7-1 lead.
The Colonels fought back with three runs in the seventh highlighted by back-to-back doubles from Givan and Wehby. An RBI groundout by Valdez in the eighth made it 7-5, but Nicholls was unable to close the gap.
Alex Ernestine took the loss, allowing four hits and four runs in 3.0 innings. He walked four and struck out two. Austin Bollinger and Kyle Craft held the Cardinals scoreless for the final 3.1 innings. Craft struck out four and surrendered just one hit in 2.2 innings.
Jimmy Johnson earned the win for Lamar, improving to 5-4. He tossed 6.1 innings and allowed 10 hits and three runs (all earned).