NATCHITOCHES – Caleb Dugas lined a ball up the middle with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to erase a furious comeback from Nicholls in a 6-5 win for the Northwestern State baseball team Friday night in Southland Conference action at Brown-Stroud Field.
His single up the middle scored C.J. Webster, who reached on an error, from second base that put the Demons (17-12, 7-3 SLC) in a three-way tie for second place in the league standings with Nicholls (15-17, 7-3 SLC) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. McNeese State grabbed first place with two wins over Houston Baptist on Friday.
NSU took a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning and held it until the ninth inning when Nicholls tied the game to force extra innings.
Edwin Gomez led off the seventh inning with a perfect bunt down the third base line, and stole second base with one out. After he took third base on a wild pitch, Dugas took a full-count hit-by-pitch. After Dugas moved up on a wild pitch, Cort Brinson was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out.
Chase Daughdrill singled up to center field to score Gomez. Dugas scored when Kaufman hit a deep singled to the shortstop, who made an errant throw to first that allowed Brinson to score.
Brandon Jackson cut the Demon lead to one in the ninth inning on a ground out to shortstop, and pinch runner Justin Holt scored on a double to left field by Philip Lyons.
Steven Spann (7-3) grabbed the win on two innings pitched, and Marc Picciola (1-3) was hit with the loss.
Northwestern State and Nicholls will play a doubleheader on Saturday due to the threat of thunderstorms in the area on Sunday. The first game will take place at 12 o'clock, and the second will follow approximately 40 after its conclusion.