NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Just like in last season’s finale, the Nicholls State University softball team was on the wrong end of a 1-0 pitchers’ duel as Stephen F. Austin took the series opener over the Colonels Friday afternoon.
The same two pitchers from the 1-0 loss against SFA in the 2016 Southland Conference Tournament battled it out once again as the Colonels’ Megan Landry and the ‘Jacks’ Callee Guffey both pitched complete games. SFA used an RBI single by Lauren Becker in the fifth for the only run of the game and after allowing a leadoff single in the sixth, Guffey retired the final six hitters to preserve the victory.
Landry (9-5) had another strong outing, allowing just three hits in 6.0 innings and struck out five. One of the hits was a leadoff double by Emily Wolf who came around to score in the fifth. In last season’s loss to SFA in the postseason, Landry had similar hard luck as the ‘Jacks only two hits for the game led to a run in the fourth.
The Colonels were limited to three hits as well against Guffey, who improved to 4-4 on the season. Nicholls recorded its first hit of the day on a leadoff single by Brooke Morris in the fourth.
The Colonels’ best chance to score was in the fifth when they put together a two-out rally. Gretchen Morgan and Moriah Strother drew walks to keep the inning going and Samantha Mracich singled to load the bases. But Guffey fielded a grounder off the bat of Morris to keep the game scoreless.
After SFA scored in the bottom half, Jessica Taylor singled to start the sixth and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. But Taylor was left stranded and the Colonels were retired in order in the seventh to drop the opener.
The Colonels and Ladyjacks will wrap up the series with a doubleheader Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.