No. 7 MGCCC in fight for 1st

No. 7 MGCCC in fight for 1st

NOTE: Updated to reflect Tuesday's NJCAA Division II poll, which saw Gulf Coast move up three spots to seventh.

PERKINSTON — No. 7 Mississippi Gulf Coast finds itself tied first place in the loss column with a tough road doubleheader at Southwest on tap Wednesday.

The games will be streamed at https://southwestbearathletics.com/watch. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Summit.

The Lady Bulldogs and No. 10 Itawamba have played four fewer games than No. 3 Jones, leaving them two games back in the standings. Jones has its open date coming this weekend, and Gulf Coast has makeup games at Mississippi Delta still to schedule.

Records

  • MGCCC: 23-9/15-3 MACJC, T-2nd place in conference
  • Southwest: 25-8/12-6, 5th place in conference

Last Time Out

  • MGCCC blanked Hinds in a pair of five-inning games at Raymond on April 15, winning 8-0 and 9-0. The Lady Bulldogs have allowed one or fewer runs in their last five games.
  • Southwest swept Coahoma 9-0 and 13-3 on Wednesday in Clarksdale, setting a school record for victories.

Previous Meeting

Gulf Coast swept Southwest 8-1 and 7-4 on April 10, 2018, at William Carey in Hattiesburg. Avery Sanders (So., Edward Douglas/Thibodaux, La.) and Betty Mingo (So., Choctaw Central/Philadelphia) pitched complete games and also hit home runs.

Quotable

"Southwest is getting good pitching and timely hitting. They run the bases well. It'll be a big challenge for us to go out there and win both of those games." – Gulf Coast coach Kenneth Long

Notes

  • Gulf Coast ranks 10th among NJCAA Division II teams with a 2.24 ERA. The Bulldogs have thrown three straight shutouts.
  • Kristen Cade (Fr., Harrison Central/Saucier) is tied for ninth in NJCAA Division II with 139 strikeouts and ranks seventh with 10.28 K/7.
  • Avery Sanders (So., Edward Douglas/Thibodaux, La.) hasn't allowed a run in her last 15 innings, including back-to-back shutouts. She's 17th in the country with a 1.69 ERA and 18th with 8.13 K/7.
  • Shelby Archer (Fr., Pearl River Central/Picayune) is tied for 12th in the country with 12 home runs.

Three Ahead

  • Saturday, April 27, at Itawamba, noon, Fulton
  • Tuesday, April 30, vs. Meridian, 3 p.m., Perkinston
  • Friday, May 3, vs. Coahoma, 2 p.m., Perkinston

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