Sacramento State senior Ty Nichols, one of the top pitchers in NCAA Division I baseball, allowed one hit over eight innings to lead the Hornets to a 5-0 win over Northern Colorado in Thursday’s elimination game of the Western Athletic Conference tournament in Mesa, Ariz.
Nichols (6-0, 1.23 ERA) retired the first 14 batters he faced before allowing Jake Ek’s stand-up triple with one out in the sixth inning. Nichols struck out eight and walked one before reliever Sutter McLoughlin finished by retiring the side in order in the ninth.
California State University, Sacramento, (31-26) will play at 11 a.m. on Friday against an opponent to be determined based on other tournament games Thursday evening. With a win, the Hornets would play again at 3 p.m. Friday.
Northern Colorado (16-32) was eliminated after two tournament losses.
Sophomore Brandon Hunley had a home run and single, junior Chris Lewis and freshman Bronson Gubbs two hits each; senior Kyle Moses a run-scoring double; and junior Nathan Lukes drove in two runs to lead the Hornets, the defending WAC tournament champions.