As season openers go, Mississippi Gulf Coast's doubleheader split Wednesday at Alabama Southern was pretty standard.
The Bulldogs mounted a furious comeback but lost 10-9 in Game 1. They never trailed in Game 2 in Monroeville, Ala., winning 7-5 in a game shortened to six innings because of darkness.
"It was a typical first day," Gulf Coast coach Rodney Batts said. "There was good; there was bad. I thought overall we fought back pretty well. We barreled the ball up and drove the ball well. We had some big hits in big situations."
Tyler Evans (So., D'Iberville/D'Iberville) had four hits on the day, including a solo home run in the loss and double in the victory. Jacob Bullock (Fr., West Jones/Soso) had also homered in the opener and drove in five runs.
Ty Barnes (Fr., Petal/Petal) got the win, with Brandon Kennedy (So., Choctaw Central/Philadelphia) getting the save to finish out three innings of scoreless relief by the bullpen. Mark Wood had two innings of three-strikeout, one-hit work.
Dylan Mills-Derouen (R-So., Biloxi/Biloxi) took the Game 1 loss.
"I was disappointed in our starting pitching," Batts said. "We walked too many guys and left balls up in the zone. The bullpen threw really well. They kept us in the ball game and gave us a chance to win the game."
Gulf Coast plays its first home games Saturday, when Southwest Tennessee visits. The doubleheader, which will be played at D'Iberville High School, starts at noon.
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