Nicholls State Crushes Baseball, 25-4
March 6, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Nicholls State (8-5) 3 3 6 1 2 0 3 4 3 - 25 23 2 MEMPHIS (4-3) 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 - 4 8 4
Anthony Hatch went 4-for-4 with a pair of three-run homers and a solo shot to lead Nicholls State to a 25-4 win over Memphis in the series finale Sunday afternoon. Hatch also drove in seven runs and score six times as the Colonels pounded out 23 hits to win the series.
Nicholls scored a run in every inning except the sixth, beginning with three in the first on Hatch's first homer--a three-run blast to straight-away center field.
Keith Delahoussaye and Josh Thomas ripped back-to-back RBI doubles and Tim Daigle drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to centerfield to give NSU a 6-0 second-inning lead.
Memphis came back with a pair in the second to cut the Colonel's lead to 6-2. Jordan Hart reached after being hit by a pitch and Robbie Goss followed with a single to left. A fielding error by Nicholls State leftfielder Michael Roberts allowed Hart to score and Goss to advance to second. Cory Barton then plated Goss on a groundball.
NSU would put the contest away in the third with six runs, highlighted by a grand slam off the bat of Thomas and a solo blast by Hatch to go ahead 12-2.
It was all Nicholls from the fifth inning on as the Colonels scored two in the fifth on Bubba Bell's two-RBI double.
Hatch added his third blast of the contest highlight a four-run eighth, and Roberts knocked a two-run homer in the ninth to cap the scoring.
Memphis starter Neil Schenk (0-1) was the losing pitcher, while Bryan Meyers (1-1) picked up the win for Nicholls. Colonel reliever Paul Labiche held Memphis to one hit in the final three-and-two-thirds innings of play.
Patrick Hope was the bright spot in the Memphis lineup, going 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games dating back to last season. He was the lone Tiger with more than one hit.
Memphis will now host a two-game midweek series with Middle Tennessee on Tues., Mar. 8. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.