No. 3 Mississippi Gulf Coast traveled to archrival No. 17 Pearl River and left with two very satisfactory 2-0 results.
The Lady Bulldogs (13-6, 2-0 MACJC) got two runs in their last at-bats of both games to sweep the Lady Wildcats, and Nora Keehn (So, Thibodaux, La./Vandebilt Catholic) and Aidan Nichols (Fr, Brandon/Brandon) each threw shutouts. Keehn's victory in the opener required eight innings of work.
"It's a hard place to play, but our two pitcher did a phenomenal job," Gulf Coast coach Kenneth Long said. "When you throw 15 shutout innings against them at their place with a lot of odds against you, you can't underestimate how big this doubleheader win was."
Keehn (7-2) allowed only three hits, striking out three and walking none.
Kristen Sexton (Fr, Gulfport/West Harrison) had three of the Lady Bulldogs' seven hits in the opener.
After Camry Griffith (So, Taylorsville/Taylorsville) beat out an infield single to open the eighth, Sexton delivered a two-out single. Izzy Werdann (So, Pensacola, Fla./Tate) drilled a ball back up the middle, and it got through the center fielder's legs to score both runs.
Nichols (6-4) allowed four hits in her gem, striking out three and talking three.
Gulf Coast rallied in the seventh inning with leadoff singles by Abbey Salvo (Fr, Brandon/Brandon) and Molly Murphy (So, Southaven/Lewisburg). They both would score when an errant pickoff throw to second went all the way to the wall.
Precious Sanders had half the four MGCCC hits in the second game.
Pearl River falls to 8-6.
Gulf Coast returns to action Friday with a trip to Itawamba. The doubleheader starts at 2 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs' next home games will be against Hinds on March 14.
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