On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy talks Nicholls State baseball with Teddy Renois of The Daily Comet.
Nicholls is a program looking to make a jump into the next tier of the Southland Conference. In the last couple of seasons, they’ve missed out on the Southland Conference Tournament, despite having some talented teams. In fact, they’ve finished an excruciating ninth in the standings in the last two seasons, just one spot away from the final eight that get to go to Sugar Land each year.
If you go back prior to the last couple of seasons, though, Nicholls was something of a pitching powerhouse within the league. Going back to 2014, they had a 2.60 team ERA, with all three of their weekend starters sporting an ERA of 2.97 or lower. In 2015, they had a 2.47 team ERA, and two of their weekend starters had an ERA lower than 2.00. In both of those seasons, they also had 18 or more conference wins, good for second place in the league in 2014 and third in 2015. Head coach Seth Thibodeaux and staff will be tasked with getting the program back to those heights in the coming years.
Among the topics discussed on this episode are:
- Where the program stands today in the hierarchy of the Southland Conference
- The way Thibodeaux and his staff have developed pitchers
- What it will take for the program to climb the last hurdle and get into a regional
- The biggest questions the coaching staff will have to answer heading into 2018
- Games on the 2018 schedule that will prove pivotal for the team
- Expectations for the 2018 season