No. 5 Mississippi Gulf Coast dropped a pair of softball games to NJCAA Division I teams Friday at the Northwest Florida State Tournament in Niceville, Fla.
The Lady Bulldogs (10-5) lost the opener to Gulf Coast State 5-1, and fell to host Northwest Florida State 3-1 in the nightcap. Northwest Florida (24-5) is ranked sixth in the NJCAA Division I poll. Gulf Coast State is now 14-7.
In the opener, Aidan Nichols (Fr, Brandon/Brandon) took the loss on the mound with 2.2 innings pitched to fall to 5-3. Molly Murphy (So, Southaven/Lewisburg) went 3-for-3 with a double and scored the Lady Bulldogs' only run.
Nora Keehn (So, Thibodaux, La./Vandebilt Catholic) took the loss despite giving up only four hits in six innings. She struck out eight and walked two.
MGCCC plays Chipola, another Division I team, Saturday at 11 a.m. The Lady Bulldogs close out their Niceville activity when they play Lansing right after.
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