PERKINSTON — No. 9 Mississippi Gulf Coast extended its win streak to eight games Saturday then saw it snapped in a pair of 3-2 games against Delgado at Ken "Curly" Farris Field.
The Bulldogs (16-2) got strong starts from Ty Barnes (So, Petal/Petal) and Dustan Dille (Fr, Brookwood/Tuscaloosa, Ala.), but their normally booming bats managed only five runs despite piling up 18 hits in the two games.
"Offensively, we just didn't do much either game," Gulf Coast coach Rodney Batts said. "We couldn't put anything together. We left some men on base. You have to tip your cap to their pitchers. We were just out of sync a little at the plate today."
It was MGCCC's last non-conference doubleheader. The Bulldogs start MACJC play March 17 at Itawamba.
Barnes (3-1) threw a five-hitter with seven strikeouts and only one walk. Without his usual run support, he knuckled down and held off the Dolphins (13-10).
"It made me pitch better," he said. "It made want to grind harder and focus more instead of relaxing when we have a huge lead."
Gulf Coast took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Logan McGrew (So, Sumrall/Sumrall). After Delgado got two in the third, Fisher Ray's RBI single in the fourth tied it and Cullan O'Shea (Fr, Mary G. Montgomery/Mobile, Ala.) hit a sacrifice fly for the winning run.
Ray (Fr, George County/Bruce) went 3-for-3 and has hit safely in 11 of 13 games.
"Coach Batts is a great coach and he knows what he's talking about with hitting," he said. "He just firmed up my swing and got all the little things going for me. It's really nothing I'm doing. It's Coach Batts and God."
Dylan Menhennett (So, Biloxi/Biloxi) continued his torrid stream with two doubles in the first game. His one-out double kicked off a seventh-inning rally in the second game.
He would later score on a single by Brandon Parker (Fr, West Harrison/Saucier), and the Bulldogs would get the tying run to third and winning run at second before Delgado closed it out.
Dille pitched six strong innings, allowing four hits and only one unearned run. He struck out seven and walked two.
"Having command of my changeup was the key," he said. "I was getting ahead in the count and letting my defense do the work."
Parker also had a first-inning RBI single. Chase Fagan (R-So, Hancock/Poplarville) added two hits.
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