PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast got just enough production from its slumbering bats to earn a split Wednesday with Marion Military at Ken "Curly" Farris Field.
The Bulldogs (11-3) won the first game 4-3 thanks in large part to the pitching Chris Crosby (R-So., Harrison Central/Gulfport) and Mason Sullivan. The Tigers (10-4) earned the split with a 12-3 victory in the nightcap.
"We're in that mode with the hitters where we're just not swigging the bat as well," Gulf Coast coach Rodney Batts said. "We're swinging at bad pitches and we're trying to do too much. We're not going with what we work on every day, staying through the middle and back side of the field."
The Bulldogs had only three hits, all in the pivotal fifth inning. Ian Goff (So., George County/George County) led off with a single, and Chase Rhodes (So., St. Stanislaus/Bay St. Louis) was hit by a pitch.
MMI couldn't get out of the inning on a ground ball, with a throw to second winding up in the outfield. It allowed two runs to score to tie the game at 3, and Donald Stokes (R-Fr., Ocean Springs/Pascagoula) promptly untied the game with an RBI single.
Crosby and Sullivan made it stand up. Crosby gave up two home runs in the second inning, erasing the lead Tyler Evans (So., D'Iberville/D'Iberville) had produced with a solo shot in the first.
"Chris out of the gate, did not have very good stuff," Batts said. "He was leaving balls up in the zone and they made him pay for it. From the third inning, he dialed in. From the third inning on, he just got better and better. He had really good stuff."
Crosby (3-0) allowed six hits in his six innings of work, and Sullivan pitched around a two-out error for his fourth save of the year.
Sam Taylor (So., New Hope/Columbus) had two doubles and two RBI in the second game. The Bulldogs managed only six hits.
Josh Lewis (Fr., Theodore/Theodore) took the loss to fall to 1-1.
Gulf Coast returns to action March 14 with a trip to Baton Rouge. The doubleheader starts at 3 p.m. The Bulldogs' next home games will be March 18 when MACJC play opens against Itawamba.
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