(WVUE) - Senior Cole Stapler twirled a gem Friday night, going the distance as the Nicholls State earned a 4-1 series-opening win over the University of the Incarnate Word.
"[Stapler] just beats teams up with what he's got and it's what he does best," said Nicholls head baseball coach Seth Thibodeaux. "I think it's more his presence than anything because players really feed off of that. His body language was amazing tonight. He just acts like a true senior and a warrior."
Stapler improved to 4-4 on the season, scattering five hits and one run while striking out six. The 6-5 righty allowed just one hit through the first five innings and struck out the side in the fifth. This marked his second complete game and the third outing this season where he tossed exactly 119 pitches.
The Colonels (19-17, 6-7 SLC) had three runners in scoring position in the first six innings and broke through with a four-spot in the seventh.
The Colonels are outscoring opponents 37-19 in the seventh inning and have a 16-0 record this season when leading after seven.