Colonels to make adjustments before Southeastern game


Photo by: Jeffery Miller

The Colonels baseball team hold their caps over their hearts for the national anthem before their game against Lamar University Cardinals on Mar. 17, 2015 at Ray E. Didier Field.

After a series road loss to Sam Houston State University, the Nicholls State University baseball team is looking to make adjustments before they take on the Southeastern Louisiana Lions this weekend.

The Colonels have lost two consecutive series, and Head Coach Seth Thibodeaux said in order to win against Southeastern Louisiana University, the team needs to make adjustments to themselves.

“Winning two out of three games is frustrating, but you can’t come back on that. We are not playing our best baseball right now and that’s okay. We are only two-thirds of our season in. There is so much baseball ahead of us,” Thibodeaux said. “Our players need to make some adjustments to get going again. I think some of our guys were playing really well in the first few weeks of the season, but they are going through a little funk right now. We need to get it going again.”

During the last series with Sam Houston State University, the Colonels had 17 hits. Senior outfielder Justin Smith said the team needs to work on their hitting.

“Our pitching is not the problem. We need to get our hitting back to where it needs to be. Over the weekend we thought we got back, but we have to continue that threat. We can’t just have one big game and then shut down. We need to consistently get our hitting better,” Smith said.

The Lions will have a 7-2 conference record when they face the Colonels Firday night. Senior first baseman David Zorn said a win over their rival would be a huge series win and will supply momentum next week.

“Southeastern has always been tough for us. The away games might be tough to make it feel like an actual home series, but it will be big for us to take that win. Southeastern is always a tough opponent, and it’s going to be a big game,” Zorn said. “The rivalry has always been big, and we are one of the four Louisiana schools that are always back and forth with each other. All of us want to be the best in the conference. It will be a big win and help us bring a lot of momentum in to the next week.”

Thibodeaux spent two years at Southeastern as an assistant coach, and to him a series win will mean a lot. He said they will treat this game just as they do every game.

“I have a lot of memories at Southeastern, and I want to beat them really badly. A couple years of my life were spent there, and I’ve met some good people. We treat every game like it is important, and I want see us be successful,” Thibodeaux said. “I am excited about this weekend, and it is an opportunity for our players to get on a roll against a really good team. It is always an intense game.”

Zorn wants to see the entire fan base to come and support them this weekend when they play their conference foe.
“Colonel Nation, you need to come out and support us. Bring everyone in fullforce, and cheer as loud as you can for us this weekend,” Zorn said. “Be behind us and we will get that win for you.”