Mississippi Gulf Coast entered the NJCAA Division II baseball poll Tuesday for the first time since 2013, but dropped a pair of games on the road to Division I Baton Rouge.
The Bears (14-18) won the first game, a nine-inning contest, 10-3 and took the second seven-inning game 7-5. The Bulldogs (11-5) made nine errors on the day, and Tyler Evans had two hits in each game.
Sam Taylor (So., New Hope/Columbus) had three hits, with Evans getting a double and an RBI in the second game. Chase Fagan (R-Fr., Hancock/Hancock County), Chase Lott (Fr., Biloxi/Biloxi) and Dylan Menhennett (Fr., Biloxi/Biloxi) drove in runs.
Chris Crosby (R-So., Harrison Central/Gulfport) struck out seven in his three-inning start without walking anybody or allowing an earned run. He's 3-1 on the season.
Gulf Coast made the first regular-season poll of the season. The Bulldogs are one of seven MACJC teams in the top 20. The others are No. 1 Jones County, No. 8 East Central, No. 11 Itawamba, No. 14 East Mississippi, No. 18 Hinds and No. 20 Northwest.
MGCCC opens MACJC play Saturday when Itawamba visits Ken "Curly" Farris Field. First pitch in the doubleheader is at 2 p.m., and the game will be streamed online at https://livestream.com/BulldogLIVE/ItawambavsMGCCCBaseball17.
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