Colonel Baseball Preview

Colonel Baseball Preview

Nicholls State University baseball starts its season this weekend.

The team will face off against Lindenwood University in the four-game opening series starting on Friday, Feb. 17, at 6:00 p.m..

All four games will be played on Ben Meyer Diamond at Ray E Didier Field.

Last season, the Colonels’ finished with a 26-25 overall record with a conference record of 12-12 and the number four seed in the conference tournament.

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

Coach Mike Silva says he was disappointed in the end result of the season, but that they are hopeful for the upcoming season with a healthy and more talented roster.

That added talent is expected to come from the Colonels’ 22 new recruits. One of those recruits is freshman catcher Kaden Amundson from St.Michael-Albertville High School in Ostego, Minn.

“Kaden Amundson is going to be our opening day catcher, he’s just won the job,” Head Coach Mike 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 that he is very coachable and wants to be coached.

The Southland Conference named four Colonels baseball players to the Preseason First Team All-Southland team which was second only to McNeese State University, the 2022 Southland Conference Tournament winner, who had five players named to the team.

The four players 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, after making the conference tournament last season with a fourth place conference finish.

The reigning Southland conference champions, McNeese State University, finished number one in the poll with 118 total points and 7 first place votes, just ahead of Southeastern Louisiana University who finished with 115 points and 10 first place votes.

The Colonels will start off conference play in a series against McNeese State in Lake Charles, La. on Friday Mar. 24-26.

Nicholls will finish up 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)