Bulldogs sweep No. 9 Hinds

Bulldogs sweep No. 9 Hinds

Mississippi Gulf Coast may ask for a bus ride to its next home games. The Road Bulldogs improved to 13-1 on the road Wednesday by sweeping No. 9 Hinds 4-2 and 13-1 in six innings in Raymond.


"I think we're going to re-do our schedule and just play them all on the road," Gulf Coast coach Rodney Batts said. "I don't know if it's distractions or playing in front of girlfriends, but we're a totally different team on the road. That's pretty amazing."


The Bulldogs (19-9, 11-5 MACJC) snapped a four-game losing streak in a big way by defeating, thanks to stellar starting pitching and an offense that broke out of a slump with runners in scoring position.


Dawson Hall (Fr., East Central/Hurley) went 7.2 innings in the opener, allowing only four hits and striking out five. Ian Landreneau (Fr., John Curtis/River Ridge La.) needed only 64 pitches for his complete game, allowing five hits and striking out four.


"Our two starters were really good against a good-hitting team," Batts said. "They pitched them really well and kept them off balance. They located their offspeed stuff and they competed their butts off."


Kole Kittrell (So., Greene County/State Line) picked up the four-out save in the first game, and the Bulldogs didn't walk a batter in 15 innings.


"We only had to use three pitchers, which was big after we moved the games up to Friday," Batts said. "Now we've got all but two guys available for Meridian."


Cullan O'Shea (So., Mary G. Montgomery/Mobile Ala.) drove in all the runs in the first game. He hit a two-run homer in the sixth, then added a two-out, two-run single in the seventh.


Hinds got a two-run home of its own in the seventh, but nothing else.


Gulf Coast continued a recent trend by stranding 11 runners while getting 11 hits. Brandon Parker (So., West Harrison/Saucier) had two hits, including a double, while Ike Williams (So., St. Martin/St. Martin) added two singles.


The runs came in bunches in the second game. Miller Hancock (So., East Webster/Maben) had three hits, including a double. Louis Morgan (Fr., East Central/Hurley) had a home run among his two hits, and Parker and Fisher Ray (So., George County/Bruce) also had two hits. Ray drove in three runs.


"I don't know what it is, but we've got to figure out a way to take this road stuff back to Perkinston," Batts joked while riding in the front seat of the bus coming home from Raymond.


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