HOUSTON – The Nicholls State University softball team won its opener of the Houston Classic against Nevada, 3-0, but could not complete the sweep with a 2-1 loss to Maryland Friday afternoon at the Cougar Softball Stadium. Nicholls (5-3) returns to action Saturday against Nevada (2 p.m.) and Houston (7 p.m.). They wrap up play Sunday versus ULM at 11 a.m.
GAME 1 – Nicholls 3, Nevada 0
Kali Clement drove in two runs in the first inning while Megan Landry tossed her second shutout in as many weekends to lead Nicholls to a 3-0 victory over Nevada. Nicholls had five hits in the game, with Caitlin Garcia adding an RBI single in the third. Clement’s 2-run single was set up by a base hit by Amanda Gianelloni and a Garcia walk. Landry allowed seven hits in seven innings of work, struck out three and walked a pair. Nevada (1-2) threatened to score in several innings against Landry, but she managed to get out of the jam each time.
The senior ace took care of business on her own in the first after allowing two singles to start the game. She retired the next two and ended the inning with a strikeout. In the third, she got some help from the defense. Nevada tried to score from first on a double by Sierra Mello, but Kennedy Hebert got the ball in quickly from right to Gianelloni at short, and she fired a strike home to cut down the runner The Wolf Pack’s biggest threat came in the fourth as a double put runners on second and third with no outs. However, Landry forced three straight popups to keep the score 3-0.
Nevada stranded a total of eight runners for the game, with seven being left on second or third. Mello and Sadaria McAlister each had two hits for Nevada. Kali Sargent (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing all three runs on four hits in 2.1 innings.
GAME 2 – Maryland 2, Nicholls 1
Maryland grabbed a 2-1 lead in the third inning and it proved to be enough as the Colonels dropped the second game of Friday’s doubleheader. Alexis LaBure (1-2) took the loss, despite not allowing an earned run. Nicholls had three errors for the game, with two coming in the decisive third inning. LaBure struck out two and allowed six hits in six innings.
Nicholls jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first thanks to some spotty pitching by Maryland. The Terps walked three batters before a wild pitch gave the Colonels the early advantage. Maryland went ahead in the third on an RBI single by Gracie Voulgaris. Sammie Stefan, who was 3-for-3 on the day, made it a 2-1 game with a shot up the middle.
Nicholls had several chances to even the score in the later innings, but could never get the timely hit. The Colonels left two on the fourth and fifth innings, and again in the seventh. The final inning saw the Red and Gray use a two-out rally started on a Melise Gossen single, but Kiana Carr forced a flyout as she picked up the save with three scoreless innings of relief. Kelsey Miller led Nicholls with a pair of singles. Mallery Marino and Emma Holland also singled.
Article courtesy of Nicholls Sports Information Department.