Nicholls State rallies for 6-5 win over Tulane

THIBODAUX — The Nicholls State baseball team got an RBI triple from David Zorn in the bottom of the eighth to tie Tulane on Tuesday night, then scored on a throwing error to pull out a 6-5 win at Ray E. Didier Field.

Jordan McCoy closed the game in the ninth, helping the Colonels (6-2) snap an eight-game losing streak to Tulane
(3-5) that dated to 2006.

Trailing 4-1 in the top of the sixth, Tulane scored a run on an RBI single to make the game 4-2. At the time, Nicholls’ starting pitcher, Zach Thiac, was just one out away from getting out of the inning.

But a walk to Tulane’s Grant Cannizaro proved to be costly. Andrew Garner stepped to the plate and drilled a three-run homer over the left-field fence, giving the Green Wave its second lead of the night, 5-4.

Thiac got out of the inning and finished with two strikeouts and two walks in six innings.

After Tulane scored four runs in the fourth and fifth innings, the Colonels were struggling at the plate (they stranded five runners during the course of the game).

But in the eighth, after the first two batters went down on strikeouts to David Napoli (0-1), Tyler Duplantis walked to put another two-out runner on base for Nicholls.

Already with one hit in the game, Zorn hit a high-flying shot to the right-field line that bounced off of the diving fielder’s glove in fair territory, allowing Duplantis to score the game-tying run. Zorn rounded second base and headed for third, and Tulane first baseman Sean Potkay’s throw to third was too high, allowing Zorn to score the game-winning run.

Nicholls was aggressive on the bases from the start. The Colonels finished with four steals. Zorn had two, and Philip Lyons and Leo Vargas had one each.