Nicholls’ Baseball pushes season opener to Saturday DH, launches 2021 campaign

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THIBODAUX, La. — Following nearly a full-year hiatus away from official competition, the Nicholls State University baseball program (0-0, 0-0 SLC) heads back out onto the diamond this weekend to open the team’s 2021 campaign in earnest, kicking off the year with a three-game non-conference series against Eastern Illinois (0-0, 0-0 OVC) slated for Saturday, Feb. 20 through Sunday, Feb. 21 within the ever-friendly confines of Ray E. Didier Field.

Of specific note, the Red & Gray roster features a number of significant differences entering the unprecedented season, as NCAA guidelines gifted all student-athletes an extra year of eligibility following shortened or canceled runs in 2020 while also relaxing usually-strict 35-man rule. As such, a decent portion of the Colonels’ veteran guard opted to rejoin the program, creating a strong leadership network aimed at reinforcing head coach Seth Thibodeaux and his staff.

According to 11th-year skipper, the opportunity to put out a product with the amount of talent and experience his staff has seen over the past few months bodes well for the Colonels heading into Southland play later this spring, as a string of notable returners have set the tone for a barrage of talented newcomers looking to make an immediate impact.

“This team will be ready,” Thibodeaux said. “They are hungry. We still have room to grow and develop, but the leadership on this team has been diverse and powerful, as guys like Trever KilcreaseDillon Belle and Alec Paz have naturally fallen into those roles over the past 11 months, and I’m excited to see them perform alongside some new faces. We’ve got a bunch of incredible returning talent as well, whether you’re talking about a loaded outfield with Dane Simon and Xane Washington, a veteran behind home plate in Erick Hernandez or any of the guys out in our high-energy bullpen. We’re psyched to just see them outside of practice at this point, to put them out on the diamond and let them compete.”

WHAT: Nicholls vs. Eastern Illinois
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 20 // 1 p.m. | Saturday, Feb. 20 // 4 p.m. | Sunday, Feb. 21 // 2 p.m.
WHERE: Ben Meyer Diamond at Ray E. Didier Field | Thibodaux, La.
MEDIA: Live Stats

COMPLETE PROGRAM BREAKDOWN
Roster | Schedule | Quick Facts (PDF)


UP NEXT
After opening up the season with a three-game series against Eastern Illinois, the Colonels shift gears with four individual contests spread across five days, hosting Youngstown State on Feb. 26 & 28 while intermittently traveling north to Baton Rouge for a pair primetime matchups with in-state foe No. 12 LSU on Feb. 27 and Mar. 2.

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