PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast needed a win in a bad way in the nightcap against Mississippi Delta, and they rode Dylan Mills-Derouen to it.
The sophomore lefty threw a six-hitter to win 2-0, salvaging a split after a 7-5 loss in Game 1. Gulf Coast is now 19-11, 8-6 MACJC.
He threw 127 pitches, and none were as pretty as the last one. It came on a 1-2 count, and his goal was obvious.
"Strike the dude out," he said. "Honestly, I didn't have any of my offspeed (tonight). All we had was a fastball. He called a curveball, and I just knew I was going to throw a strike that pitch."
The Trojan batter never moved his bat, and Mills-Derouen (7-2) notched his ninth strikeout to pick up his second shutout.
"I knew going into the sixth he was at 90-plus pitches, so I knew his pitch count was up there," Gulf Coast coach Rodney Batts said. "Here lately, about any move I've made hadn't worked out, so I said we're gonna ride him. He had a good stuff. It wasn't falling off."
Tyler Evans' two-run double in the third provided the only runs of the game. He extended his hit streak to 18 games.
Mills-Derouen made it stand up.
"I was just groovin'," he said. "The adrenaline was up. It was a huge game for us. We needed a win. I tried to do my best."
Delta (21-9, 8-4) went back in front on a three-run homer in the seventh, then took advantage of two, two-out Gulf Coast errors in the eighth to go up 7-3.
Lott finished with two hits.
"I'm happy we came back and got the second one, but I told our guys we can't keep splitting when have a chance to sweep," Batts said. "We had chances to win that first game."
Chris Crosby (R-So., Harrison Central/Gulfport) struck out 12 in seven-plus innings of work. He took the loss to fall to 5-3.
Gulf Coast has a mid-week bye and returns to action Friday when Northwest visits. First pitch in Perkinston is at 2 p.m.
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