The Nicholls State University softball team won its second straight Southland Conference series with a 3-1 victory against Houston Baptist Friday at the Colonel Softball Complex.
With the win, Nicholls improves to 15-18 and even its conference record at 6-6. HBU falls to 13-13 on the year and 6-6 in conference.
Senior Ashton Bennett (9-9) and freshman Hannah Haydel teamed up in the circle to stifle one of the SLC’s top hitting teams, holding HBU to four hits. Bennett notched the win by giving up a run on three hits in five innings of work, and Haydel earned the Colonels’ first save of the season, surrendering a lone hit in two innings.
Nicholls finished with seven hits, with most of the damage coming from the top of the order. Colonel leadoff hitter Ashley Bertot led the way with two hits, two runs and a RBI, while Leah Andrus went 2-for-3 with a RBI.
Nicholls took a 2-0 lead after two innings, scoring a run in the first two frames. Bertot led off the bottom of the first with a four-pitch walk. She then stole second, her 11th of the season, before moving to third on a passed ball. Haley Parkerson, who had a hit, drove in Bertot with a sacrifice fly. In the second, Bertot made it 2-0 with a two-out single to right, bringing home Bennett from second base.
HBU cut the deficit in half on a RBI single by Shay Orsak in the fourth, but Nicholls pushed the lead back to two runs in fifth. With one out, Bertot and Parkerson singled before Andrus smacked a shot up the middle to make it 3-1.
After a walk in the sixth, Haydel came in for relief and retired the Huskies in order. She sat down the first two batters in the seventh before Mac Christensen singled up the middle. With the tying run up to bat, Haydel closed out the game with a swinging strikeout by Lauren Schwirtlich, who saw her 14-game hitting streak come to an end.
Lori Earl (2-2) suffered the loss, giving up three earned runs on six hits in 4.1 innings. The Colonels will return to action on Monday, April 1 at Grambling. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
By Nicholls State University AthleticsShare