PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast's bats, silent for about half the weekend, picked up just when the Lady Bulldogs needed to salvage a second straight doubleheader split Sunday.
Camryn Williams' pinch-hit infield single drove in the winning run in a 3-2 victory in the second game of the day against Marion Military. The Lady Tigers won the opener 3-2.
"It was a good little comeback," Gulf Coast coach Kenneth Long said. "I thought we got a little more fire as the second game went on. We moved some people around, and they were really good. I'm really proud of this win. It's a hard-fought win."
MGCCC and MMI split their first four games of the season over the weekend twin doubleheaders. Gulf Coast will get some time to iron out the kinks before playing twice in the Wildcat Invitational on Saturday against MMI (10 a.m.) and LSU Eunice (2 p.m.)
With Gulf Coast down 2-1 in the sixth, Marsha' Hunt (Fr., Philadelphia/Philadelphia) led off the bottom of the seventh with a double into the left-field corner. Hannah Hembree (So., Pascagoula/Pascagoula) smacked a two-out double to right field to tie the game, and after a single by Lauren Hall (So., Nettleton/Nettleton), a nubber by Williams short of the pitching circle couldn't be corralled in time to make it 3-2.
The seventh wasn't without drama for Kristen Cade (Fr., Harrison Central/Saucier), who picked up her second win in as many days. She, too, gave up a leadoff double and runner advanced to third on a fly ball to right. The next batter hit another fly ball, this one deep enough to left to score the runner, but the Lady Bulldogs threw to third and the umpire ruled she'd left too soon for a game-ending double play.
Hunt, Hembree, Hall and Betty Mingo (So., Choctaw Central/Philadelphia) had two hits each in the second game. Hembree's fourth-inning triple plated Gulf Coast's first run of the day.
Kenzie Nichols (Fr., Germantown/Madison) had two of the Lady Bulldogs' three hits in Game 1, including a double.
For the second consecutive game, a Bulldogs pitcher took a loss despite giving up only two runs. Bryley Rodriguez (Fr., Beau Chene/Cankton, La.) shut out MMI for six innings, allowing a pair in the seventh. The Tigers managed five hits.
"Bryley did a great job the first game," Long said. "If we'd have scored her some runs, we would have won. She did a really good job. Kristen came in and was really solid the second game."
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