Box Score | ESPN+ Replay | Photo Gallery | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – The No. 7 Nicholls Colonels walked off against No. 2 Southeastern Louisiana with a five-run ninth and a wild sequence on the final at-bat to take a 7-6 win and eliminate the Lions. Nicholls advances to face No. 3 Northwestern State today at 4 p.m. CT. Two batters later and it was a one-run game after an Ethan Valdez RBI single up the middle, pulling the Colonels to 6-5 with one out and one runner on first. Another single base hit up the middle from Joey Morales put the potential game-winning run on base, followed by Chet Niehaus being hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. A sac fly from Cody Grosse got Pace to the plate before the inning came to a close and the Lions took a 2-0 lead to the bottom of the fifth. Nicholls’ Xane Washington singled through to shallow left field and advanced to third on a throwing error past third base, giving the Colonels a runner in scoring position with no outs. Koestler and the Lions held off the next two batters but a passed ball on a full count with two outs allowed Washington to make it home and pull the score to 2-1 Lions. Kyle Knauth’s RBI single saw him reach on a fielder’s choice after the throw went past first base, scoring Morales and Valdez for the 7-6 walkoff win.BSB: Here’s the game-winning sequence for @Nicholls_BASE, completing five-run bottom of the 9th rally. Colonels 7, Lions 6 (final). Next for Nicholls: vs. @NSUDemonsBSB, 4 pm CT Friday. #BreakNormal #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/yJDci2fSRq— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 25, 2018 Jared Biddy took the mound in relief for the Lions as Nicholls stared down a four-run deficit at the bottom of the ninth. Gage Teer doubled to the left field corner to plate a run and put runners on second and third with no outs. At the next at-bat, a wild pitch went off the catcher and brought another run home to make it a 6-4 game with one out.BSB: @Nicholls_base began its bottom of the 9th inning rally with Teer’s RBI double. Washington scored, making it 6-3 in favor of SLU. #BreakNormal #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/Tk7pzEy19g— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 25, 2018 It wasn’t until the top of the fifth inning on just the second hit of the game for Southeastern that the Lions broke through. After a walk and a hit-by-pitch advanced Daniel Wasinger and Evan Pace, an RBI single from Brennan Breaud sent Wasinger home for a 1-0 lead with one out. After six innings and 89 pitches, Bedevian made way for Christian Bahlinger on the mound. Bedevian struck out two and allowed two earned runs on three hits. Koestler did the same for Peyton Lee at the stretch, having allowed four hits while striking out three on 97 pitches. Southeastern’s Carlisle Koestler and Nicholls’ Jacob Bedevian led the way for three scoreless innings to open the game with just three total hits surrendered between the two pitchers.BSB: Three innings complete in Sugar Land, @sluathletics and @GeauxColonels are scoreless.WATCH: https://t.co/Tt81u1IzOl & @espn apps.LISTEN: https://t.co/hNvCKjbQWp & https://t.co/jTe2tXPXUU.STATS: https://t.co/S8v4fCZd0m. #LionUp #DirtyRed #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/babyC9SbzN— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 25, 2018 After Washington struck out swinging in Nicholls’ first at-bat at the bottom of the seventh, Dillon Belle stepped up and sent a solo homer just over the right field into the bullpen to tie the game 2-2 heading into the final two frames. Southeastern made another pitching change for the top of the ninth, bringing on left-hander Payton Robinson.BSB: Bottom of the 7th, @Nicholls_BASE tied this one up with a Belle homer to right center. Made it 2-2 vs. SLU. #BreakNormal #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/mxf8zVJqe5— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 25, 2018 With one out atop the ninth, Grosse drove in the go-ahead run with a line drive to right field, plating Pace and advancing Trenon Trosclair to third on the throw as the Lions took a 3-2 lead. On the next at-bat, Grosse stole second and advanced to third on an errant throw, sending Trosclair to make it a 4-2 game. The Lions made it a four-run inning and a 6-2 score with a Taylor Schwaner RBI double to left center.BSB: SLU extended its advantage to 6-2 lead over Nicholls in T9th. Schwaner 2 RBI single, plating Avans and Grosse. #LionUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/Gpwm8523Mx— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 25, 2018 Southeastern is eliminated while Nicholls takes on Northwestern State at 4 p.m. today. If the Colonels win, they must play a rematch tomorrow at either 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. for a spot in the winner-take-tall championship game at 6 p.m.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates after Jonathan Stewart, not pictured, scored on a touchdown carry in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Panthers are coming off their bye, and it was a much-needed week off, as they try to regroup after dropping four straight games. Their last contest was against the New Orleans Saints in Week 6, where they lost 41-38 on a Wil Lutz 52-yard field goal with 11 seconds left. The Panthers’ 26th-ranked secondary continued to be an issue, as they surrendered 465 yards and four touchdowns to Drew Brees.All week, we’ll keep you informed on the Panthers’ moves and preparations as they get ready to take on the Cardinals.It’s Behind Enemy Lines…Friday, October 28• Panthers corner placed on IR (Charlotte Observer)Just when the Carolina Panthers thought their corners were getting healthier…Teddy Williams has been placed on injured reserve, the team announced on Friday morning. The cornerback left practice early with a trainer on Thursday.• James Bradberry a gameday decision, but Panthers CBs may have suffered another setback (Charlotte Observer)Although Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry said on Thursday that his reps at practice are increasing, even he doesn’t know if he’ll play on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals (3-3-1).Bradberry has missed two games with a turf toe injury suffered in the loss to Atlanta on Oct. 2. • TV reacted when Panthers-Cardinals went from must-see to not very sexy (Charlotte Observer)When the NFL schedule was released last spring, the Week 8 game between Carolina and Arizona looked like a must-see midseason matchup.Last season’s NFC Championship Game contestants returned most of their starters and were widely expected to contend for the conference crown again.How far have they fallen? So much so that FOX moved the NFC title game rematch out of its game of the week spot at 4:25 p.m. to a 1 p.m. kickoff.• Panthers need to turn once-feared defense around to save season (ESPN.com)The unit that finished among the top 10 in the NFL the past three seasons ranks 24th overall, allowing 371.5 yards a game. It ranks 29th in scoring, allowing 29.3 points a game.It’s been so inconsistent that Carolina coach Ron Rivera said the key to turning this season around and making a playoff run is getting the defense on “good footing.”• Panthers’ Robert McClain makes nice profit from art sale to Cam Newton (ESPN.com)McClain brought three of his abstract paintings to Bank of America Stadium and set up a small studio in the adjacent locker that belonged to Bene’ Benwikere before he was released three weeks ago. Top Stories Newton was intrigued by the painting that featured the silhouette of a woman with red rain-like streams of water pouring over her. So the NFL MVP asked McClain how much he wanted for it.• Looking back at last five Panthers-Cardinals clashes (Panthers.com)The teams will face off for the 15th time in the last 17 seasons Sunday, meaning the Panthers have faced Arizona more than any team that they’ve never shared a division with. Many of those early matchups weren’t particularly memorable, but three of the last eight – including the last two – have been playoff showdowns.• Opposing View: Panthers vs. Cardinals (Panthers.com)“Really when you turn on the film, you think they’re 5-1 because they play that well and they’re scoring a lot of points. They’ve lost some close games at the end like we have. But the same cast of characters are there. They have the same front seven and it’s as good as there is in the League. They have the best inside linebacker in the League. Obviously they have had some injuries at cornerback which has hurt them. But offensively and defensively, I think they are as sound as they’ve ever been.” — Bruce AriansThursday, October 27 • Playoffs? Panthers coach Ron Rivera optimistic after staycation, self-scouting during bye (The Charlotte Observer)Asked Monday if he believes the Panthers can make the playoffs, Rivera said: “Oh yeah, absolutely. Why not? We’ve still got 10 games left. We take care of business, do our job, play hard and you just never know.”• Carolina Panthers get a mix of good news, bad news in trenches (The Charlotte Observer)(Vernon) Butler missed three games with a high ankle sprain suffered against Minnesota. He returned to practice on Monday, the team’s first after a bye week. He said the rehab process went well, and he’s “no doubt” ready for Sunday’s matchup against the Arizona Cardinals (3-3-1).• Jon Beason to Cam Newton – “Answer the questions like a man” (carolinahuddle.com)“What I would say to Cam now is, there’s no more of the childish being a rookie or maybe a second-year guy and walking out of press conferences,” Beason said. “You can sit there, answer the questions like a man because you are the franchise.”• Explaining the Panthers’ 1-5 Start With Stats (blackandbluereview.com)Numbers aren’t everything, but they can help explain part of a story. So if you’re having a hard time understanding how the bulk of a team that went 15-1 last year is now 1-5, some of these stats should shed some light. Comments Share “Life would be much easier, I can tell you that much,” Peterson said as he looked ahead to Sunday’s game against Carolina. “I can guarantee that. Having that freak of nature running down between the hashes and down the sidelines, that’s not supposed to happen.• Cam Newton: ‘We just need to win, and at a rapid pace — fast’ (ESPN)“We don’t need no messages,” Newton said. “We’re out of messages. We’re out of things that need to be said. We’re out of big rah-rah speeches. Listen, we’ve got to win. That’s it.”It really is that simple for the Panthers. Lose Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals (3-3-1), and their hopes of returning to the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season basically are done.• Panthers QB Cam Newton said concussion won’t change run game (ESPN.com)Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he doesn’t plan to change the way he runs because of the concussion that sidelined him for the Oct. 10 game against Tampa Bay.Wednesday, October 26• Panthers’ Graham Gano feels for kickers who missed field goals in Sunday’s tied game (The Charlotte Observer)