Eight Nicholls Pitchers Limit Baseball to Four Hits
LSU Sports Interactive
BATON ROUGE -- A three-run fourth and six shutout innings thrown by six different Colonel relievers was enough to lift Nicholls State past top-ranked LSU, 3-1, Wednesday night in Alex Box Stadium.
Nicholls State (17-18) defeated LSU (27-10) for the first time in Baton Rouge since 1989. The win broke a 17-game losing streak for the Colonels against LSU dating back to 1994.
The Colonels’ pitching staff kept the Tigers off balance as they threw a different pitcher each inning from the third inning on. Six different relievers held LSU scoreless from the fourth through the ninth innings.
Nicholls State allowed only four hits while forcing the Tigers into 16 groundball outs in the contest.
“We didn’t make a few plays when we needed to,” LSU head coach Paul Mainieri said. “The next thing you know they have a three-run rally, and with the way we were swinging the bat it was enough for them.
“It was frustrating, but congratulations to Nicholls State. They came in here and beat us and they deserved the win and we have no excuses.”
Blake Dean led the Tigers offensively, going 2-for-4 with two doubles.
The Colonels tied the score 1-1 in the fourth when right fielder Scott Mosley laced a single up the middle to score second baseman Keith Kulbeth, who walked two batters earlier.
Nicholls St. took the lead when the next batter, Tyler Minto, lined his second single of the night to right field to score left fielder Josh Swenson and put the Colonels up 2-1. The next batter, Adam Miley grounded out to first, scoring Mosley and making the score 3-1.
Matulis (4-2) threw five innings allowing three runs on four hits, while walking one and striking out five.
The Tigers resume SEC play when they host Tennessee in a three-game series beginning Friday at 7 p.m. CT in Alex Box Stadium.
Nicholls State 3, LSU 1 (Apr 15, 2009 at Baton Rouge, La.)
Nicholls State...... 000 300 000 - 3 5 0 (17-18)
LSU.................... 001 000 000 - 1 4 0 (27-10)
Pitchers: Nicholls State - Delatte, Brad; Harding, Ryan(3); Erwin, Drew(4); Dickerson, Dale(5);
Guidroz, Lance(6); Cooper, Ryan(7); Dupuis, Lance(8); Larson, Ross(9). LSU - Chris Matulis;
Ben Alsup(6); Nolan Cain(9); Matty Ott(9).
Win-Harding, Ryan(1-0) Save-Larson, Ross(6) Loss-Chris Matulis(4-2) T-2:15 A-10011
Actual Attendance: 5,792