PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast baseball coach Rodney Batts knows what he saw out of the Bulldogs their first two games Wednesday isn't good enough.
A split at Alabama Southern wasn't terrible, but they'll need to get better when they open their home schedule Saturday against Southwest Tennessee at D'Iberville High School. The doubleheader starts at noon.
"It's always improvement, from day to day, game to game," Batts said. "The first game is always interesting. I told our guys we're going to make mistakes the first few games. The more we play, hopefully the less mistakes we make."
There was a lot of good to come out of the season-opening series. Gulf Coast averaged eight runs in the twinbill, and that's coming from an area he was uncertain about.
"Our goal is seven runs a game, so we're off to a good start with that," Batts said. "Our offense was a concern of mine going into the season. We've been swinging the bats well in the intrasquad games the past couple of weeks."
The Bulldogs had some defensive lapses they need to get cleaned up. They made four errors in the first game, leading to seven unearned runs in a 10-9 loss.
Chris Crosby (R-So., Harrison Central/Gulfport) will start Game 1, with Josh Lewis (Fr., Theodore/Theodore) pitching the second. That gives Batts a second right-left combination, and he wants the veteran Crosby to set the tone for the rest of the day, especially for Lewis.
"It will be his first collegiate start," Batts said. "It's good for him to see a few games instead of just throwing him into the fire. He's a tough kid. He'll do just fine."
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