May 5, 2007
THIBODAUX, Louisiana - Keith Kulbeth's sacrifice fly to right center in the bottom of the ninth plated the winning run as Nicholls State scored the final three runs of the game in a 3-2 victory over UT Arlington in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Ray E. Didier Field.
The ninth inning started with a Zac Bone single up the middle before pinch runner Ryan Bledsoe went to second on a wild pitch. After an Anthony Wray sacrifice bunt advanced the runner to third, Kulbeth lined the ball into right center for the game winner.
The Mavs (12-32, 3-19 SLC) got on the board in the third inning as David Masters doubled into the alley in right center and Leo Radkowski followed with a triple down the line in right field. With one out, Daniel Rider would plate Radkowski with a double of his own, just inside the bag at first.
The Colonels (7-40, 3-19 SLC) were able to get on the board in the fourth as Anthony Marino was hit by a pitch and scored on John Beauchamp's two-out double to right field. Bone would follow with an RBI-flare just over the head of the third baseman to tie the game.
The pitchers took center stage in the opener as neither team had to go to their bullpen. Lance Dupuis (2-4) picked up the victory after allowing two earned runs on six hits and eight strikeouts in the complete game. Dillon Gee (4-7) took the loss after giving up three runs on 10 hits in 8.2 innings. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter. Gee has now struck out at least six batters in seven starts this season and has walked only two batters in his last 32.2 innings.
The Mavs and Colonels will play the second game of the doubleheader approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
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