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Former Panther Ford takes loss against Nicholls

THIBODAUX, La. - Lamar got a great showing from freshman Jonatha Dziedzic and battled back from a three-run deficit only to allow eight runs in the eighth inning of a 12-4 loss to Nicholls at Ray Didier Field Saturday.

The Cardinals found themselves trailing 3-0 following three innings and that's the way things stood for the majority of the contest. Lamar had managed just two hits over the first four innings but started to make some progress on Colonel starter Clint Dempster in the fifth inning. Despite not scoring in the fifth and sixth innings, the Cardinals did leave five runners on base. LU broke through an inning later when Anthony Moore belted a two out, 3-run homer to left-center to tie the game at 3-3.

The Colonels scored a run in the bottom of the seventh before the Cards tied it again in the eighth on a V.J. Bunner groundout.

Nicholls then got home runs in two of the first three batters in the eighth en route to taking a 12-4 lead following the eight runs.

Lamar (11-4, 0-2 SLC) had seven hits but committed five errors for the second-straight day. Dziedzic received a no decision after allowing four runs on six hits - all singles - with a career-best 10 strikeouts in seven innings. Senior and former Lufkin Panther Blake Ford (1-2) took the loss after he faced the first two batters in the eighth, which included the leadoff solo home run to Adam Miley.

Pablo Salinas had the only multi-hit game for the Cardinals, going 2-for-4 with a doubles and a single.

Nicholls (11-3, 2-0) was led by Miley's 4-for-5, four RBI day which included three singles, a homer and two runs scored. Brad Delatte (1-1) earned the win in relief as he was on the mound for the final 1.1 innings and struck out three of the four men he faced.

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