HARRISON COUNTY – The top of the order produced a ton of runs, and Aidan Nichols picked up both wins for No. 6 Mississippi Gulf Coast in a sweep of Coahoma.
The Lady Bulldogs (18-7, 7-1 MACJC) won the opener 9-1 over the Tigers (0-16), and then cruised to a 10-2 win in the second. Both games at West Harrison High School were stopped by the run-rule after six innings.
Gulf Coast, which has won five straight, returns to action Monday when No. 17 Northeast visits Biloxi High School. The doubleheader will start at 4 p.m.
Leadoff hitter Brittney Triplett (Fr, Brandon/Brandon) had three hits, scored three runs and had doubles in each game.
"I was just more relaxed at the plate and more confident in myself," she said. "It felt like if I get on, I score because Coach Christie (Meeks) tells me that all the time."
Batting right behind her, All-American Lexie Mathis (So, Mobile, Ala./Baker) had five hits total, with two triples, a double and four RBI.
Nichols (Fr, Brandon/Brandon) entered the first game for Nora Keehn (So, Thibodaux, La./Vandebilt Catholic) up 2-1 in the fourth inning and didn't allow a hit while striking out four on the way to her first victory. She also had a triple and three RBI in the second game and went the distance, scattering five hits and striking out three to improve to 10-4.
"Aidan came in in kind of a tough situation," Gulf Coast coach Kenneth Long said. "She pitched well the first game and just kept going the second game. We needed her to do that because Nora's back was hurting her a little bit. She pitched great."
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