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Feb. 16, 2001

Baylor host Nicholls State in 3-game series


Sports Writer

The No. 23-ranked Baylor baseball team (5-3) will host another home series this weekend against Nicholls State University (5-3), starting at 7 tonight, at 6 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Baylor Ballpark.

The Bears go into the weekend after a batting average-boosting 22-3 win over Southwest Texas State University Wednesday night at the Ballpark.

The constant cracking of bats gave the Bears the offensive confidence they needed.

'The game gave us some momentum to go into the weekend,' third baseman Matt Williams said.

Williams was one of three players to get a home run on the night, along with catchers Kelly Shoppach and Paul Richmond. Shoppach leads the team with a .519 batting average.

Nicholls State will have to find some momentum of its own after a long road trip to Waco.

The Colonels hit the road on Tuesday to play a two-game series against the University of Alabama. Nicholls State took the first game 5-3, but dropped a large loss Wednesday 12-2.

However, Baylor will not rely on a weakened Nicholls State for the win.

'They had a long haul here, but they'll play us hard,' head Coach Steve Smith said. 'Their club is full of gritty, hard-nosed ballplayers.'

Nicholls State has experience on its side with almost twice as many upperclassmen than underclassmen players.

'Typically they're an older team than we are with a lot of junior college transfers,' Smith said.

Baylor leads the series record over the colonels 4-2, but the teams have not met in 13 years. In the 1988 two-game series at Thibodaux, La., the Bears won the first game 7-3, however the Colonels took the second game 8-5.

Steven White (2-0) will take the mound tonight against Colonel pitcher Zach Murray (1-1).

Josh Scott (0-1) will follow on Saturday against Ronald Gilchrist (1-0).

The Baylor pitcher on Sunday could be either Derek Brehm (0-1) or Jared Theodorakos (1-0) against Ben Thompson (1-1).