HAMMOND — The Nicholls State University softball team got off to a hot start, defeating Southern 10-1 in five innings, but the Colonels got three hits in its second game of the Jimmy John’s Classic in a 5-0 loss to St. Louis.

Nicholls (1-1) will continue play at North Oak Park in with two games on Saturday. The Colonels square off against Louisiana Tech at 12:30 p.m., followed by Jacksonville State at 3 p.m.

In Friday’s opener, Nicholls exploded for seven runs in what turned out to be the final inning, fueled by a grand slam by freshman Danielle Phillips. Holding a 3-1 lead, the Colonels got five hits and took advantage of a pair of Southern errors to take a nine-run advantage. In the bottom half, Ashton Bennett closed out her one-hitter with three infield outs.

Bennett (1-0) gave up a RBI double in the second, but allowed only two runners to reach base the rest of the way. She finished with three strikeouts and added two hits and a RBI.

In game two, St. Louis scored three unearned runs in the first and added two more off another Colonel miscue in the third as three Billikins combined for the shutout.

Nicholls got three hits in the final two innings. Haley Parkerson had a single in the sixth, with Andrus and Maggie Bryan recording base hits in the seventh.

Katie Moulder (0-1) took the loss for the Colonels, despite a career-high nine strikeouts. Moulder surrendered eight hits in seven innings, giving up no walks or earned runs.