Nicholls ended a long day and the season for the University of Central Arkansas softball team with a 4-2 victory Friday night over the Bears in a losers bracket semifinal in the Southland Conference tournament at Farris Field.
UCA, which had battled its way out of the losers bracket with victories over Lamar and Northwestern State, began the day at 11 a.m. against Northwestern State. That game was suspended because of stormy weather and was restarted at 5:30 p.m. Tournament officials decided to try to complete the tournament at least through the first championship round game against McNeese State, which had to be defeated twice to be denied the title.
Thirty minutes after UCA stayed alive with a 7-4 victory over Northwestern State, the Bears faced second-seeded Colonels, who ended their season at 26-34. That game ended about 10:30 p.m. Nicholls and McNeese State began play about 11 p.m.
Nicholls (37-19) broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the fifth and a home run in the seventh by Veronic Villafranco.
The Bears cut the deficit to 4-2 on a RBI double by Lauren Brooks. Megan Landry, who allowed four hits, struck out pinch-hitter Randi Wallace and got Hannah Stirton to fly out to end the game.
Nicholls managed nine hits. UCA made three errors.