THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University baseball team scored two runs in the ninth inning against Tulane to send the game into extras, but the Green Wave used a solo home run to regain the lead and hand the Colonels a 3-2 loss Wednesday night at Ray E. Didier Field.
After being shutout for eight innings by seven different Tulane pitchers, the Colonels rallied in the ninth with three straight one-out singles to load the bases. Nicholls cut the deficit to one after Troy Cahill walked, and Ethan Valdez drove a ball to deep right center to even the score at 1-all.
But in the top of the 10th, Jerret DeHart muscled a solo homer over the right field wall to give the Green Wave (4-12) a 3-2 advantage. Tulane then brought in centerfielder Grant Witherspoon to pitch and he struck out the side in his first career appearance to earn the save.
Nicholls had six hits on the night, with half coming in the final frame. Hit No. 7 looked to happen in the ninth which would have gave the Colonels a walk-off victory, but a hard grounder by Joey Morales down the third base line by was snagged by Tulane’s Kody Hoese. After diving to glove the ball, Hoese gathered himself and fired a strike to first to end the inning as the would-be winning run crossed the plate.
While Tulane used a total of nine pitchers, the Colonels used a similar strategy after playing Tuesday night, trotting out a total six pitchers. Bryan Taylor made the start, allowing a run on 2.2 innings, while Adam Tarver took the loss in 2.1 innings work.
Holt led the Colonel offense with two hits.
The Colonels host HBU for a three-game series starting Friday, March 17. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.