HARRISON COUNTY – Mississippi Gulf Coast swept its first home games at a new location Tuesday by taking two from Hinds. The Lady Bulldogs won 11-3 in six innings in the opener and 8-3 in the nightcap.
Gulf Coast (16-7, 5-1 MACJC) erupted for nine runs in the fifth inning of Game 1, and Izzy Werdann (So, Pensacola, Fla./Tate) smacked a three-run homer to break a tie in the fourth inning of the second contest.
"It's two wins. It's good to get a home run out of Izzy and some key base hits, but we've got to be more consistent than the way we are playing right now," Lady Bulldogs coach Kenneth Long said. "I'm disappointed in our consistency, but maybe we'll get there."
It was the first of three doubleheaders to be played at West Harrison High School while Ross-Smith Field gets a new stadium. The Lady Bulldogs, which fell to No. 6 in the latest NJCAA Division II poll released Tuesday, trailed Hinds (6-17, 1-5) in both games after missing opportunities in their first at-bats to blow the games open.
Gulf Coast had the bases loaded and one out in the opener, but an RBI single by Precious Sanders (Fr, Philadelphia/Philadelphia) netted the only run.
Hinds' first hit of the game was an inside-the-park home run in the third, and a hit-by-pitch and error opened the door for the Lady Eagles to take a 3-1 lead.
The Lady Bulldogs took advantage of four walks in the fifth and kept the carousel going with five singles in their big inning. Brittney Triplett (Fr, Brandon/Brandon) led off and had two hits, scoring three runs.
Nora Keehn (8-3) allowed only three hits and one earned run to get the victory.
Mathis tripled in Triplett, who had doubled to lead off the first in Game 2. After a one-out Werdann walk, though, Gulf Coast didn't get anything else across.
Hinds tied the game in the third, and took a 2-1 fourth.
Dill tied the game in the bottom of the frame on a bases-loaded sac fly just ahead of Werdann's bomb.
"I was just trying to get on base," she said. "I was waiting for another changeup, and then I was like, I'm just going to swing at this pitch."
Dill drove in another run on a single in the fifth before Werdann picked up RBIs four and five with a line-drive single off the second baseman's glove.
Mathis also had two hits and an RBI, and Aidan Nichols (Fr, Brandon/Brandon) improved to 8-4 by scattering seven hits and striking out five.
Gulf Coast returns to action Friday when Coahoma visits West Harrison. The doubleheader starts at 4 p.m.
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