Colonels score comeback victory over South Alabama, loses to Louisiana Lafayette

The Nicholls State University baseball team finished the neutral diamond game 5-4 with a walk-off win over University of South Alabama at MGM field in Biloxi, Mississippi on Wednesday night.

The Colonels (11-15) brought a non-conference win to the record with a comeback over the Jaguars (18-7) after trailing by three runs.

The Jaguars opened the scoreboard converting a first-inning double, single and a ground out. The Colonels took advantage of two consecutive errors by the Jaguars to get a tie in the fourth inning.

The Jaguars regained the lead on the sixth-inning and added a pair of runs on the seventh-inning, gaining a 4-1 advantage over Nicholls. The Colonels faith changed when infield Brandon Harigel doubled to the left field allowing Ethan Valdez and Kyle Knauth to get to home and score.

The Colonels, with loaded bases in the ninth, tied up the game 4-4 after mistake in a catch by the Jaguars second baseman made Alex Tucker safe to reach the base allowing Juan Givan to come home, tying up the game 4-4.

The Jaguars attempted a late throw to first base, but the ball was overthrown over the head of their first baseman, allowing Dylan Manichia to get to home scoring the winning run. Zach Thiac (3-1) picked up the win for the Colonels.

On Tuesday night, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette scored a 5-4 win over Nicholls at Ray E. Didier Field in Thibodaux, La.

The Ragin’ Cajuns scored first, but the Colonels tied up the game in the third-inning after Quade Smith hit a ground out allowing Manichia to come home. Nicholls then scored a pair of runs in the fourth-inning to take the lead for the first time. Knauth singled in the fifth-inning increasing Nicholls’ advantage to 4-1.

However, the Ragin’ Cajuns scored a single home run in the sixth-inning. The Colonels remained scoreless for four innings, allowing Louisiana-Lafayette to load the bases and score a two-run single.

After a miscue by the Colonels, the Ragin’ Cajuns scored another run that guaranteed the teams victory. Robbie Petty (1-1) took the loss for Nicholls and Reagan Bazar (1-0) picked up the win for the Ragin’ Cajuns.

The Colonels will next face three games against Southeastern Louisiana University on a away-home-away schedule that starts Friday.