NSU softball cracks Grambling; BPCC rallies to hoops win

TWICE AS NICE: NSU’s Kat Marshall (left) hit a pair of three-run home runs against Grambling.

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NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State’s Kat Marshall cracked a pair of three-run home runs in back-to-back innings Tuesday to fuel an 8-1 Mardi Gras win over Grambling State in college softball.

The Lady Demons (10-6) allowed just one run on three hits to the Lady Tigers (7-6).

Marshall’s first blast lifted NSU up 3-1 and her circuit clout an inning later put the winners in control.

LOUISIANA TECH 6, MCNEESE 1: In Lake Charles, Brooke Diaz and Lindsay Edwards homered and Audrey Pickett picked up another win in the circle at Joe Miller Field at Cowgirl Diamond. Tech (10-6) completed its five-day road trip with a 4-2 mark and hosts Southeastern today at 4 p.m. at Dr. Billy Bundrick Field.

BASKETBALL

BOSSIER PARISH 65, ANGELINA 59: The Cavaliers used a strong second half to battle back and get the win in the Region XIV tournament held in Jacksonville, Texas. Guard Jaeden Marshall led BPCC (16-13) with 17 points and post player Derick Hamilton added 13. The Cavs will play No. 1 seed Kilgore at 1 p.m. Thursday.

BASEBALL

NICHOLLS STATE 5, LOUISIANA TECH 4: Louisiana Tech wasted an early four-run lead in its first road game of the year at Ray E. Didier Field in Thibodaux. LA Tech (5-3) scored all four runs in the first and second innings. Steele Netterville ripped a three-run blast to left field in the top of the first, but Tech only got a run in the second from a one-out, bases-loaded opportunity. Nicholls State (5-4) used a four-run seventh inning to rally, and later a wild pitch delivered the winning run. The Bulldogs visit Southeastern Louisiana tonight.

UL LAFAYETTE 11, NORTHWESTERN STATE 8: The Demons’ Bo Willis homered twice and drove in seven runs at Brown-Stroud Field in Natchitoches, but four errors gave the Ragin’ Cajuns the edge. Northwestern (3-4) stranded 14 baserunners. With only one extra-base hit among the 11 the Cajuns (4-4) posted, the outcome swung on NSU’s miscues and eight stolen bases, five by Carson Roccoforte, tying his school record. The teams meet again tonight in Lafayette.

PANOLA 8, BOSSIER PARISH 3: At BPCC, the Cavaliers took an early 1-0 lead in the first but couldn’t manage another run until it was too late in falling to the Ponies in a Regional XIV matchup. Panola scored five runs in the fifth inning and three more in the eighth to forge ahead 8-1. Cole Ketzner and Alejandro Cazoria each had a pair of hits for BPCC (11-4-1).

MISSISSIPPI STATE 2, GRAMBLING 1: At Starkville’s fabled Dudy Noble Field, the ninth-ranked Bulldogs (5-3) needed Brad Cumbest’s seventh-inning homer to top the Tigers (2-5). Aries Gardner singled and scored on a wild pitch in the top of the second. Grambling’s lead lasted until the fifth, when a sacrifice fly tied it. Both teams managed only five hits. Jacorey Boudreaux was the hard-luck loser for the Tigers, striking out five in six-plus innings. Malik Abdul retired all six hitters he faced out of the bullpen.

Photo by GARY HARDAMON