ITTA BENA, Miss. – The Nicholls State University softball team compiled nine hits but the lone run was scored on a wild pitch and Taylor Hastings and Sydney Council teamed up in the circle for a shutout as the Colonels picked up a 1-0 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Tuesday night.
The Colonels (28-15) were scheduled to play a doubleheader against MVSU (10-28), but weather in the area caused issues. The game was pushed back from a 4 p.m. start to 6 p.m., and the opener was called in the seventh inning due to lightning. The second game was then canceled.
Council (1-0), a redshirt freshman, picked up a win in her first career appearance in the circle, tossing 3.1 innings of relief. She allowed one hit, struck out a batter and issued no walks. Council came in with the bases loaded and two outs in the third and went on to retire the first eight batters she faced. A one-out single in the sixth was the only offense MVSU was able to produce on the night.
Before Council came in to pitch, Nicholls cracked the scoring column following a two-out triple by Amanda Gianelloni in the top of the third. Gianelloni then came home on a wild pitch, giving the Colonels the 1-0 lead.
Senior Taylor Hastings made the start, lasting 2.2 innings, surrendering no hits but walked four. After Nicholls took the lead, an error and two walks loaded the bases before Hastings got Jordan Brown to line into a double play to Gianelloni at short. Council then forced a groundout to first to keep MVSU off the board.
Three Colonels had two hits in the win, led by Samantha Mracich who extended her hitting streak to nine games. Sydney Bourg, who added two stolen bases, and Brooklyn Devine each had multi-hit efforts.
Nicholls will continue its spring break trip with a nonconference matchup at Louisiana Tech on Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.