Mississippi Gulf Coast's starting pitchers carried all the load Tuesday in the Bulldogs' much-needed doubleheader sweep Tuesday at Southwest, winning 10-0 in seven innings and 4-1.
Josh Lewis (So, Theodore/Mobile Ala.) had a four-hitter in the opener, and Jamarcus Lang (Fr, Hattiesburg/Hattiesburg) nearly matched his shutout in a six-hitter. Southwest's only run came with two outs in the seventh.
"Our starting pitching was really good today," Gulf Coast coach Rodney Batts said. "It doesn't matter who you face, to go two games and only give up one run speaks well for them. Josh and Jamarcus both threw really good."
Gulf Coast improves to 27-13 overall and gets back to .500 in MACJC at 11-11. The Bulldogs broke a six-game losing streak, dropping Southwest to 9-26, 5-17.
MGCCC plays its last regular-season road games Saturday at East Mississippi. First pitch is at 2 p.m.
Lewis struck out 11 and walked three to improve to 7-1. His ERA is down to 2.24 after having allowed only one earned run in his last 15 innings over two starts.
"Josh just threw like he's capable of doing," Batts said. "All three pitches were working. His changeup was working and keeping them off balance."
Eight of nine Bulldog hitters had hits, and five had two hits: Ike Williams (Fr, St. Martin/Biloxi), Dylan Menhennett (So, Biloxi/Biloxi), Logan McGrew (So, Sumrall/Sumrall), Chase Fagan (R-So, Hancock/Poplarville) and Castor Lee (Fr, Gulfport/Gulfport).
Alden Davis (Fr, Pascagoula/Pascagoula) drove in four runs and had the first of his two home runs in the doubleheader. He drove in four in the opener.
McGrew had a double, and he'd add a double and a home run in the second game.
"Those two guys carried our offense all day," Batts said. "Both those guys had good games both games. They had big hits."
Fagan had two more hits in Game 2, capping off a successful return to the lineup after an injury.
Lang improved to 2-0 and got a win in his first start. His struck out six and walked just one while lowering his ERA to 3.71.
"Jamarcus was a big shot in the arm for us," Batts said. "We've had struggles with that Game 2 starter all year. To be his first start and do what he did, he just kept getting stronger and getting better. For him to throw a complete game, that was big for us and big for him."
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