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Big sixth inning helps Nicholls complete opening series sweep

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Aaron Biediger makes a plate appearance against Sacred Heart(2/16/24.)

Eight runs scored in the sixth inning as Nicholls baseball went on to defeat Sacred Heart 19-12 in the series finale on Sunday.

Newcomers 2b Erick Ordoñez and dh Aaron Biediger helped lead the team to a win.

Ordoñez hit his first home run of the season in the sixth inning and Biediger led the game in hits (5) and tied for the lead in RBI (3),

Biediger said he was excited coming into his first weekend as a Colonel.

“I was really excited, coming from a junior college into a great school with a great culture.”

Nicholls started the game strong getting out to a 6-0 lead in the second inning, but Sacred Heart stormed back in inning four, scoring seven runs to take a one-run lead.

Sacred Heart tied the game up at 9-9 in the top of the sixth inning after Nicholls scored three runs on a Sacred Heart error.

“It didn’t go the way we wanted it to today. We had a six-run lead and squandered and it was good to see our guys face some adversity,” Head Coach Mike Silva said. “[…] It wasn’t all negative, I just thought we were trying to do too much. They want it so bad and I think sometimes people forget that. These guys are competitors, they’re tough and they’re invested.”

of Garrett Felix kicked off the scoring in the bottom of the sixth with a single to center field that drove in Biediger and 1b Edgar Alvarez after a fielding error.

Ordoñez stepped up to the plate after Nicholls took a 12-9 lead and sent a home run over the left field wall that drove in three runs, extending Nicholls’ lead to six.

“I wasn’t trying to do too much, I was just trying to help my team out,” Ordoñez said. “I was looking for something up in the zone and thankfully it went over the wall.”

Biediger closed the inning with a single that drove in ss Parker Coddou giving Nicholls a 17-9 lead.

c Jaden Collura scored the last run of the day on a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh that gave Nicholls its 19th run.

The win gave Nicholls the series sweep after a 16-0 win on Friday and a 5-2 win on Saturday.

“Winning one game is hard and winning a series is harder. If you look across college baseball, not many people sweep,” Silva said. “I was proud of our guys and their fight, I thought they showed some toughness.”

Nicholls has a quick turnaround with one day of practice before a game at Tulane on Tuesday.

 

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