Mississippi Gulf Coast's bats won the Bulldogs' first game Wednesday, and the arms closed out the second in a sweep at Baton Rouge.
Gulf Coast clobbered the Bears 18-3 in the first and shut them out 5-0 in the second. The Bulldogs have won their first four games of 2018.
"It's a good sign today," Bulldogs coach Rodney Batts said. "You win one game one way and win the other another way."
Batts talks about not having a weak spot in the lineup, and he got that in the opener. Eight of nine starters got hits, led by leadoff hitter Ike Williams (Fr, St. Martin/Biloxi) with three, including two doubles. He drove in four runs, as did Castor Lee (Fr, Gulfport/Gulfport).
"That first game, we got 18 hits. We swung the bat really well," Batts said. "We barreled up a lot of balls and drove a lot of gaps."
Josh Lewis (So, Theodore/Mobile Ala.) picked up the win on the mound, striking out eight in five innings. A pair of fifth-inning errors cost him three unearned runs. Truitt Smith (Fr, Stone/Wiggins) and Justin Dixon (R-Fr, Pass Christian/Carriere) each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
"Our pitchers, all day, were really good," Batts said. "We could have gotten out of there with two shutouts."
Cullan O'Shea (Fr, Mary G. Montgomery/Mobile, Ala.) struck out seven and allowed only two hits to get the win in the nightcap. Bailey Hargrave (R-So, Madison Central/Madison) and Jamarcus Lang (Fr, Hattiesburg/Hattiesburg) pitched the final two innings of the combined three-hitter.
Gulf Coast returns to action Friday when Mineral Area visits Perkinston. First pitch at Ken "Curly" Farris Field is at 2 p.m.
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