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Nicholls Cruises Past Centenary, Southern

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 9:48pm

Nicholls softball notched wins against Centenary and Southern on Wednesday at the Colonel Softball Complex, defeating the Ladies 2-1 and the Lady Jaguars 6-2.

The Colonels (25-11) have now won six consecutive games, and will look to keep their momentum heading into an important SLC series at Texas-San Antonio (18-17) this weekend.

"I was happy that we got the wins today, but I told my team after that I didn't feel like we played to the best of our potential and at times in both games, we almost gave it away," said head coach Jenny Parsons. "We cannot afford to have mental lapses and make errors this weekend."

Nicholls and Centenary (21-13) went into extra innings tied at one all before junior Audrey Wood pinch hit the game winning RBI single down the right field line to give the Colonels the 2-1 victory. Wood arrived late to the game due having a class that she had to attend.

Both teams added runs in the fifth with the Ladies putting on one the board via a RBI single by Lindsey Smith to right field that scored Haley Bassett from third. The Colonels got the run back in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly by senior Kodi Butler to centerfield that scored true freshman Lauren Martinez. Martinez was pinch running for senior Haley Burkett, who reached on a infield single.

Recording multiple hits in the win were junior Lyndsey Mesh, Burkett and senior Danielle Clayton. Butler and Wood each had a RBI.

Getting the win in the circle was junior Lacey Gros, improving to 12-7 on the season while fanning a career-high 13 in the process. Gros sprayed four hits, allowing only one run, which was earned, in the win. Hillary Phillips was slapped with the loss, falling to 10-5 on the season.

In the second game, Nicholls used nine hits to score six runs to defeat Southern 6-2, earning its second win over the club this season. Highlighting the win was the pitching expertise of Gros, coming on in the fifth inning with the go-ahead run at the plate with no outs, and getting the Colonels out of the jam unscathed. In the process, Gros picked up her first save of the season.

Southern (12-16) held a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom half of the third, and Nicholls bats responded, putting a three-spot on the scoreboard to take the lead. Of the runs in the inning, two came off of a two RBI single by Mesh to centerfield. Mesh was brought in by true freshman Kayla Watterson who hit a double off the left centerfield fence.

Nicholls added two insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth via a two RBI double by sophomore Tori Lay off the leftfield fence. Lay's double brought around true freshman Kara Harrington, who was pinch running for true freshman Logan Johnson, and Watterson.

Leading the Colonels at the plate were true freshman Megan Gaspard and Clayton with each putting forth 2-for-4 performances. Lay and Mesh each finished 1-for-3 with 2 RBI.