BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU (3-1) stranded 17 baserunners in its loss to Nicholls (3-1) Wednesday night. The Tigers tried to rally in the bottom of the sixth, scoring six runs but were unable to plate any runs afterward.
The Tigers will face Boston College in a weekend series with the first game at 2 p.m. on Friday. Due to the severe weather warning for Baton Rouge, LSU will play their second game at 7 p.m. Friday night and their final game of the series Saturday at 3 p.m. All games will be available online only via SEC Network+ and can be heard on LSU radio affiliates.
Freshman right hand pitcher Doug Norman (0-1) suffered the loss after tossing 70 pitches in 4.2 innings, striking out three batters. He had four earned runs and nine hits.
In the top of the first, Nicholls centerfielder Justin Holt led off with a single. With two outs, first baseman Seth Stevens roped a double to deep left field to score Holt.
Right fielder Mark Laird and shortstop Alex Bregman had back-to-back hits in the bottom of the first, and left fielder Chris Sciambra walked with two outs. However, the Tigers could not score in the bottom of the inning. Nicholls led going into the second 1-0.
The Colonels led 3-0 at the end third inning after Nicholls shortstop Joey Morales singled to lead off in the top of the third, and with one out, left fielder Darius Knight singled to put runners on the corners for the Colonels. Morales and Knight scored after a sacrifice fly by catcher Christian Correa and a throwing error by Tiger left fielder Chris Sciambra.
Marc Frazier, Nicholls designated hitter, led off the top of the fourth with a double to left field and scored on a hit by second baseman Tanner Vandevere to bring the Colonels to a 4-0 lead over the Tigers.
With two outs in the top of the fifth, Correa was hit by Norman's pitch. Junior southpaw Hunter Devall came in to relive Norman, and the first batter he faced, Stevens tripled to right field to score a run. Frazier singled through the right side in the next at bat, and the Tigers were looking for a rally down 6-0 heading into the fifth.
Laird singled to center field in the bottom of the sixth with one out. After consecutive wild pitches by Nicholls freshman reliever Evan Hileman, Laird scored on Bregman's single to left field. Hale and Stevenson's singles brought in two more runners for the Tigers. The Tigers trailed 6-3 after six and would not be able to capture the lead.
Alex Ernestine (1-0) earned the win for the Colonels after he came on in relief for starting pitcher Ryan Deemes. He faced four batters in his one inning pitched and had one strikeout.