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Mississippi Gulf Coast got two good games in the field, two good games on the mound, and another two good games at the plate Wednesday, sweeping Copiah-Lincoln.
The Bulldogs (15-5, 7-1 MACJC) won the first game at Wesson 15-3 in seven innings, the completed the perfect day with a 7-3 victory.
"We played well all day," Gulf Coast coach Rodney Batts said. Defensively, I thought we made some good plays, some really tough plays. Both of our starters competed really well. They were up in the zone a little too much, but they got away with it. They gave us extended innings."
Dawson Hall (5-0), a freshman from Mobile, struck out seven and walked just one in six innings in the opener, allowing seven hits. Ian Landreneau (3-0), a freshman from River Ridge, La., struck out four in the nightcap, also allowing seven hits in 5.2 innings.
Kole Kittrell (So., Greene County/State Line) relieved Landreneau with two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth, and closed out the win with four straight strikeouts. He picked up his first save of the year since moving back to the bullpen.
The Gulf Coast bats provided more than enough offense, banging out five home runs. Brandon Parker (So., West Harrison/Saucier) had one in each game, and Alden Davis (So., Pascagoula/Pascagoula) had a homer in the first and double in the second.
"Brandon had a good day," Batts said. "He had two home and hit a ball off the top of the wall. Alden had a home run, but he barreled the ball up all day. That's good to see."
Hancock, Parker and Castor Lee (So., Gulfport/Gulfport) had two hits in the first game, and Preston Stringer (So., Stone/Perkinston) had a two-run triple. Hancock, Parker and Davis drove in three runs each.
Cullan O'Shea (So., Mary G. Montgomery/Mobile Ala.) had two hits in the second game, and Hawthorne drove in three runs.
"We swung the bats well," Batts said. "We hit some big home runs, had some two-out home runs, and some big two-out hits which really propelled our offense."
Co-Lin is now 10-9, 3-5.
Gulf Coast is tied in the loss column with Meridian (16-4, 5-1) but a game ahead in first place in the MACJC. Itawamba and Jones are also a game back at 6-2 in conference.
"It's always good to be on top," Batts said. "It's early. We've got 20 more games to go. We've put ourselves in a good situation right now. Our goal is to be in first and stay in first. There's a lot of season left. We've got to go out and play the way we're capable of playing, and we'll be OK."
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