Nicholls State picked up its first Southland Conference victory of the season with an 8-3 win over Sam Houston Sunday at the Softball Complex.
With Sam Houston sweeping the doubleheader Saturday to open the three-game league series, Nicholls now stands 9-24 for the year and 1-7 in conference action. Sam Houston dropped to 14-16 for the year and 4-5 in the Southland.
Colonel pitcher Jackie Johnson (7-13) was the winning pitcher. Johnson spread five hits over seven innings, striking out six Bearkat batters. Haley Baros (6-8) took the loss.
The Colonels scored twice in the top of the first inning on a RBI single by Danielle Phillips and a Bearkat infield error.
The Bearkats threatened early but left two runners on base in each of the first three innings. Finally, after shortstop Tayler Gray led off the fifth inning with a double and third baseman Tori Koerselman walked, right fielder Cecila Castillo tied the game 2-2 with a two-run single to right field.
Singles by designated player Brittany Marcet, third baseman Cari Spain and catcher Kayla Prater sparked a six-run sixth inning for Nicholls. The Colonels scored two runs on an error and two more on a run-scoring double by second baseman Daniele Phillips.
Phillips led the Colonels at the plate going 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs.
Gray got one run back in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single to score left fielder Amy Pelton who was hit by a pitch.
Sam Houston plays host to Baylor Tuesday at 4 p.m.