SAN ANTONIO — Nicholls scored four runs in two different innings and the Colonels rolled to a 10-2 triumph against UTSA on Saturday afternoon.
The Roadrunners (20-27, 9-17 SLC) pulled within a run in the fourth, but Nicholls (23-23, 10-16 SLC) outscored UTSA 8-1 in the final five stanzas.
Patrick Shreve (4-5) held the Roadrunners bats at bay for most of the afternoon. The left-hander allowed just one run and scattered six hits in his eight panels of work.
The Colonels racked up 14 hits, including eight that went for extra bases. Jeremy Hill was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs, while Beau Faulk collected two knocks, both two-baggers, and a pair of RBIs.
Nicholls opened the contest with a run in the first, as Matt Richard tripled down the right-field line with one out and came home one batter later when Hill followed with a double to left center.
Two frames later, Nicholls doubled its advantage when Hill drove in Byron Cobb, who reached on a one-out double to left, with a sharp liner through the right side of the infield.
UTSA cut the lead in half in the following inning after taking advantage of the Colonels first error.
Sophomore John Welborn reached on shortstop Austin Flores' miscue to lead off the frame and he stole third two batters later before scoring on senior Casey Selsor's ground out to Flores.
Nicholls responded with a four-run sixth to extend the advantage to 6-1, but the Roadrunners pulled within striking distance in the eighth on Welborn's second home run of the spring.
However, the Colonels put the contest out of reach in the ninth with another four-spot.
Sophomore Michael Kraft (7-5) gave up five runs on seven hits and struck out six in 5.1 innings.
The rubber game is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday.