BATON ROUGE, La. – In a game that featured four ties, the Nicholls State University baseball program dropped a 6-5 decision Wednesday to Southern University at Lee-Hines Field.
The Colonels (21-22) scored first in the top of the second when Ethan Valdez scored Chet Niehaus on a single up the middle.
Back-to-back doubles in the next frame from Chris Eusay and Malik Blaise gave the Jags (13-22) a 3-1 advantage.
Nicholls narrowed the deficit to one in the third as Gage Teer came home after a throwing error by Southern second baseman Robinson Mateo.
Gavin Wehby later brought Niehaus home in the fourth on a double to right field that tied the game at three.
Blaise stroked his second double of the contest in the bottom half of the fourth, scoring Ryan Watts to allow the Jags to regain a 4-3 edge.
The Colonels tied the game again in the fifth when Lee Clark poked a 1-1 pitch out to right field, plating Kyle Knauth who led off the inning by mashing a double down the right-field line.
Valdez took the defense by surprise in the eighth with a two-out bunt perfectly placed down the third-base line. After stealing second, he tried to take third on a ball in the dirt. The throw beat him to the bag, but Southern third baseman Franky Monesino dropped the ball, allowing the inning to continue.
Wehby then hit an inside-out triple over the left fielder’s head to put Nicholls on top 5-4. He finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
The Jags, however, found another answer in the bottom of the eighth in the form of a one-out triple from Watts, scoring John Pope to knot the game at five apiece. After a full-count walk, Eusay attempted a steal to second and Alex Tucker’s throw found its way to the outfield, bringing home the game-winning run.
Daniel Goff fell to 2-2 on the season, tossing 5.2 relief innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out two.
Whilhelm Allen improved to 2-0 as he picked up the win in relief, allowing one unearned run on three hits in 1.2 innings of work.
The Colonels return to the diamond in a three-game series this weekend at Lamar. First pitch Friday at Vincent-Beck Stadium is set for 6 p.m. CT.