Parker’s 3 HR lift No. 20 MGCCC in sweep

Parker’s 3 HR lift No. 20 MGCCC in sweep

 

No. 20 Mississippi Gulf Coast's Brandon Parker hit three home runs in Game 1 against Holmes, and the Bulldogs rallied in the second to get the sweep Saturday in Goodman.

 

"A sweep is big, particularly on the road in the conference," Gulf Coast coach Rodney Batts said. "That's huge. We played really well in Game 1, but then we put ourselves in a bunch of holes in Game 2. We made several errors and didn't pitch well, but to hang in there and show a lot of heart tells you a lot about our guys."

 

MGCCC improves to 22-6 and 6-4 in the MACJC. Holmes falls to 15-11, 1-9.

 

Parker, who leads NJCAA Division II with 16 home runs, hit bombs in the first and second inning to help the Bulldogs build a 7-1 lead. His solo home run in the sixth made it 9-4 and gave him six RBI, and the fly ball in his last at-bat was caught just short of the wall.

 

"He was locked in," Batts said. "He had a lot of good at-bats. We needed that in Game 1."

 

Parker now has 53 RBI, which also leads the NJCAA, and has three games of six or more.

 

Logan McGrew (So, Sumrall/Sumrall), Cullan O'Shea (Fr, Mary G. Montgomery/Mobile, Ala.) and Chase Fagan (R-So, Hancock/Poplarville) had two hits each. Fagan and Preston Stringer had doubles.

 

Ty Barnes (So, Petal/Petal) struck out eight and allowed only two earned runs in eight innings of work. He's 5-2.

 

"I thought his last two innings were his best," Batts said. "He was strong enough to finish, but that was big for him to go eight strong innings and save our bullpen. We needed them in Game 2."

 

The Bulldogs took advantage of five Holmes errors to help erase a 5-1 deficit. After HCC scored five times in the third, Colby Cagle (So, West Harrison/Lizana) had a two-run single to make it 5-4, and Ike Williams (Fr, St. Martin/Biloxi) followed with a single to tie it.

 

Holmes scored single runs in the fourth and fifth, but Gulf Coast took advantage of three errors to score three in the sixth. Fagan's RBI single was the game-winner, and Williams provided an insurance run with a single in the seventh.

 

"That's one thing I don't worry about with this team," Batts said. "They have character and the heart to keep fighting. I know they're going to do that. I know we're never out of it."

 

Kole Kittrell (Fr, Greene County/State Line) pitched 2.1 innings of no-hit relief to earn the win. He improved to 4-0, and he still has a 0.00 ERA.

 

Gulf Coast returns to action Wednesday when Hinds visits Perkinston. First pitch at Ken "Curly" Farris Field will be at 3 p.m.

 

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