THIBODAUX — UL-Lafayette rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to post a 5-4 win over Nicholls State on Tuesday night at Ray E. Didier Field.
The Ragin’ Cajuns loaded the bases in the top of the ninth on three consecutive one-out singles by Joe Robbins, Brian Mills and Brad Antchak.
Following a Stefan Trosclair strikeout, Nick Thurman drove the first pitch he saw from Nicholls reliever Robbie Petty back up the middle to score two runs, and a misplay by Smith in center field allowed Antchak to score from first, putting the Cajuns in front 5-4.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Colonels got a one-out single from Alex Tucker. Pinch runner Justin Holt stole second, then moved to third on a groundout by Dylan Manichia. In the next at-bat, first baseman Alex Pinero made a nice play on a ball hit to first by Ethan Valdez.
Pinero flipped it to closer Dylan Moore, who was covering first base, to end the contest.
The win was the fourth straight for the Cajuns (16-9), who swept Georgia State over the weekend.
It also started a four-game road swing for UL-Lafayette, which visits Arkansas State for a three-game series that gets under way Friday.
In Tuesday’s win, the Cajuns outhit the Colonels 10-9. Mills, Robbins and Trosclair got two hits apiece.
Reagan Bazar (1-0) threw a perfect eighth. Moore earned his sixth save with a scoreless ninth.
The Cajuns used six pitchers in the contest, while Nicholls (10-15) used seven. Petty (1-1) gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits with five strikeouts in three innings.
UL-Lafayette took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second as Antchak scored from first base on a throwing error by Nicholls reliever Hunter Speer on a Trosclair sac bunt attempt.
The Colonels tied the game at 1 in the third on an RBI groundout to second base by Quade Smith.
Nicholls went ahead 3-1 in the fourth, scoring two runs on three hits and two errors. After tripling to lead off the inning, Alex Shermer scored on a ball hit to first by Gavin Wehby to give the Colonels a 2-1 edge.
Wehby reached second on a throwing error by Pinero and then scored on a single up the middle by Trevor Flynn.
In the bottom of the fifth, Nicholls took a 4-1 lead on a Kyle Knauth RBI single up the middle.
The Ragin’ Cajuns got a big double play from Mills to end the inning as he gunned down Knauth at the plate on a fly ball hit to left by Flynn.
Trosclair cut the Colonels’ advantage to 4-2 in the top of the sixth, launching a solo homer over the fence in left.