THIBODAUX, La. – Three Colonels recorded multi-hit efforts including senior Brooke Morris and Megan Landry tossed five-plus shutout innings as the Nicholls State University softball team took the series opener over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 7-0, Friday night at the Colonel Softball Complex.
The win improved the Colonels’ record to 31-17 overall and 15-7 in the Southland, while the Islanders slipped to 11-31 and 3-16. The series will wrap up Saturday with a doubleheader at noon. Following the game, the Colonels will honor their six-member senior class.
It did not take long for Nicholls to jump out to a lead after scoring three runs in the second. Morris capped the inning with a two-run single to center with the bases loaded. The first run came on a single to left by Brooklyn Devine.
The runs were more than enough for the pitching staff, headed by Landry (12-7). The sophomore scattered five hits in 5.2 innings of work and struck out five en route to her first victory in over a month. Landry had appeared in 11 games since her last win, losing only twice, and earned four saves during the stretch. She left the game in the sixth and Sydney Council pitched the rest of the way, striking out three while surrendering two hits.
Nicholls had 11 hits in the victory, receiving two from Morris, Kasey Frederick and Samantha Mracich. Jessica Taylor brought in a run on a base hit in the third and the offense plated two more in the fifth off of Liz Carter (9-16), started on a run-scoring single by Mracich. Taylor then delivered a sacrifice fly in the frame to make it 6-0.
In the sixth, Frederick ripped a double to leftcenter to make it a 7-0 game. Nicholls had a chance to end the game early via the run rule, but left the bases loaded.
The victory uppped the Colonels’ home record to 12-2 on the season.
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