NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Nicholls State University softball team won its second straight conference series in as many weekends as the Colonels swept their doubleheader against Stephen F. Austin with 5-4 and 2-0 victories Saturday at the SFA Softball Field.
With the wins, the Colonels improve to 19-10 overall and 5-1 in league play. SFA fell to 9-17 and 1-2 in the Southland.
GAME 1 – Nicholls 5, SFA 4
After trailing for the entire game, the Colonels rallied for three runs in the seventh to even up the series against SFA with a 5-4 victory.
A 3-run home run by Amber Landry in the first inning gave SFA the early lead before the Colonels scored in the fourth and sixth innings to cut the deficit to 3-2. The Colonels’ late rally started with a walk from Kimmie Rodriguez and after two outs, Amanda Gianelloni singled and Jessica Taylor tied the game with a base hit. Nicholls then took advantage of some spotty pitching by SFA as Sydney Bourg was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Brooklyn Devine drew a walk for a 5-3 advantage.
In the bottom of the seventh, SFA made the score 5-4 when Taylor Fraccastoro hit a solo homer off of Colonel starter Megan Landry. SFA drew a pair of walks to chase Landry out of the game, but Jackie Johnson came in and earned the save with a strikeout and a pop up.
Landry (10-4) had another solid outing for the Colonels, lasting 6.1 innings with seven strikeouts. She finished the day with four earned runs on seven hits and walked five.
Nicholls tagged SFA’s Makayla Sikes (1-4) for eight hits. Gianelloni and Kasey Frederick had big days at the plate for the Red and Gray with three hits each. Frederick plated the first run after recording a single to start the fourth and Devine drove her in later in the inning on a sacrifice fly. In the sixth, Frederick tripled and scored on a groundout by Bourg to set up the Colonels’ late rally.
GAME 2 – Nicholls 2, SFA 0
The Colonels broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the seventh and Jackie Johnson went on to close the door on her one-hit shutout as Nicholls took the series against SFA with a 2-0 victory.
Johnson (7-5) battled it out with SFA’s Callee Guffey (4-5) as neither pitcher allowed a run through six innings. But the Colonels pieced together three hits in the seventh to take the lead.
Brooklyn Devine started the frame with a base hit and stole second. Following a flyout and a strikeout, Samantha Mracich singled through the right side to give Nicholls a 1-0 lead. Mracich moved to second on a passed ball, setting up an insurance run as Brooke Morris tallied a base hit for a 2-0 advantage.
The two runs were more than enough for Johnson who retired the ‘Jacks in order in the seventh to end the game.
Johnson finished the shutout with six strikeouts and walked just two. Brittany Lewis was credited with the lone hit for SFA, which came in the first inning, but Johnson went on to retire 11 batters in a row before issuing her first walk of the day.
On offense, Devine, Morris and Mracich all provided two hits apiece, with Amanda Gianelloni adding the other. Jessica Taylor was 0-for-1, but drew a pair of walks.
The Colonels will head to Baton Rouge Tuesday for a matchup with No. 13 LSU. First pitch at Tiger Park is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the game will stream live on SEC Network+.