PERKINSTON — No. 20 Mississippi Gulf Coast pounded Holmes 16-1 in seven innings in Game 1, and Donald Stokes slugged two home runs and a double in a 7-2 victory to close out the sweep Saturday.
It's the Bulldogs' first sweep in their new stadium at Ken "Curly" Farris Field. They improve to 16-9 overall and 6-4 in MACJC play. They had 18 hits in the opener and clubbed four homers in the second.
"It's big. We've got a big series coming up," Stokes said. "We want to take this momentum into our big conference games Wednesday."
The Bulldogs travel to Hinds for their next MACJC action. The doubleheader starts at 3 p.m.
Gulf Coast needed only seven innings to win Game 1. Chase Rhodes (So., St. Stanislaus/Bay St. Louis) and Tyler Evans (So., D'Iberville/D'Iberville) had three hits, and Matt Muhleisen (Fr., Holy Cross/Harvey, La.) drove in three runs with two hits.
Donald Stokes (R-Fr., Ocean Springs/Pascagoula) also doubled in the opener, finishing with two hits. Rhodes doubled, as well.
Chris Crosby (R-So., Harrison Central/Gulfport) struck out eight and allowed only two hits in six innings of work. He's 5-2.
Stokes started the home-run barrage in the second inning of the second game. Chase Lott (Fr., Biloxi/Biloxi) added a second two-run shot in the same inning.
Tyler Evans (So., D'Iberville/D'Iberville) extended his hit streak to 14 with a solo blast in the fourth.
"The higher it gets, the higher you want it to get," Evans said. "It's kind of cool to see how long you can have it. I'm not gonna lie, it's in the back of my head. You can't let that bother you. You have to just keep on hitting."
Stokes cranked his second shot later in the inning. Both his home runs were on curveballs, and all four Gulf Coast home runs were to the opposite field.
"Our guys put some good swings on the ball," Gulf Coast coach Rodney Batts said. "They hit the ball to the back side of the field really well. I was really pleased with the way we bounced back."
Gulf Coast had gotten swept by archrival Pearl River on Tuesday, but played solid, all-round games. They made only one error, and their sophomore started carried their weight.
Dylan Mills-Derouen (R-So., Biloxi/Biloxi) allowed three hits in five innings, striking out eight. He improves to 6-2.
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