Nicholls baseball is hopeful for the season after roster additions

Nicholls baseball is hopeful for the season after roster additions

Nicholls finished with a 26-25 overall record with a conference record of 12-12 and the number four seed in the Southland Conference tournament last season.

The team ended the season with consecutive tournament losses after losing eight of their last nine regular season games.

Coach Mike Silva said he was disappointed in last season’s result but is hopeful for the upcoming season with a healthy and more talented roster.

That added talent is expected to come from Nicholls’ 22 recruits. One of those recruits, Kaden Amundson, a  freshman catcher, is set to start in the season opener.

“Amundson is going to be our opening day catcher, he’s just won the job,” Silva said. “He’s just outcompeted and outplayed everyone, so we’re really confident in his ability.”

Silva added that he is more mature than most freshmen and wants to be coached.

The Southland Conference named four Nicholls baseball players to the Preseason First Team All-Southland team, second only to McNeese State University, the 2022 Southland Conference Tournament winner, with five players named to the team.

The four Nicholls players on the All-Southland team are Edgar Alvarez, Tyler Teriot, Xane Washington, and Parker Coddou.

Nicholls finished sixth in the Southland Conference preseason poll with 59 points, six points below fifth-place finisher Northwestern State.

The reigning Southland conference champions, McNeese State, finished number one in the poll with 118 total points and seven first-place votes, just ahead of Southeastern Louisiana University who finished with 115 points and 10 first-place votes.

Nicholls State University baseball starts its season against Lindenwood University on Friday, Feb. 17.

Nicholls hosts the four-game opening series against Lindenwood at Ray E Didier Field.

Conference play starts in a series against McNeese State in Lake Charles on Friday, Mar. 24-26.

Nicholls will finish the season against conference rival, the University of New Orleans, in New Orleans from May 18-20.

A few more notable games include those against Memphis(Mar. 3-5), Nebraska(Mar. 16-19), Mississippi State University(Mar. 14), Southern University(Apr. 11 & 12), and Louisiana State University(Apr. 4 & 24)