PERKINSTON — No. 6 Mississippi Gulf Coast swept a top-20 showdown with No. 17 Northeast, piling up runs and preventing them with equal efficiency.
The Lady Bulldogs (20-7, 9-1 MACJC) extended their win streak to seven, dropping the Lady Tigers (17-11, 5-5) by scores of 7-0 and 6-1 at Biloxi High School.
"We played with so much confidence tonight, both games," Gulf Coast coach Kenneth Long said. "We set a great tone and just stayed with it. It was awesome."
Gulf Coast is scheduled to return to action Saturday with a doubleheader against Holmes, starting at noon at Biloxi High School. Bad weather in the forecast, however, may force a change in date and/or venue.
Nora Keehn (So., Thibodaux, La./Vandebilt Catholic) struck out nine in the first game to improve to 9-3. It was her third shutout of the season.
"I thought Nora set the tone the first game," Long said. "They never really threatened off of her."
Gulf Coast scored three runs in the first and second innings, and Keehn took care of the rest.
Brittney Triplett (Fr., Brandon/Brandon) continued her torrid pace at the plate with three hits in the opener. She also had two stolen bases and scored twice.
Lexie Mathis (So., Mobile, Ala./Baker) and Kristen Sexton (Fr., Gulfport/West Harrison) had two hits each, and Sexton drove in three runs. Mathis had a double, and Precious Sanders (Fr., Philadelphia/Philadelphia)
Aidan Nichols (Fr., Brandon/Brandon) got into a little trouble early, allowing a run in the top of the first. The Lady Bulldogs responded immediately, though.
Sanders started a two-out rally with a single, then scored on a double by Izzy Werdann (So., Pensacola, Fla./Tate).
"They came out and scored in first inning of the second game, and we answered," Long said. "Izzy almost hit it out. It was off the wall. We got two runs right there and answered what they did. That's what good teams do."
Mathis drove in two more with a single in the second, and Triplett's RBI single in the in the fifth capped off another two-run rally for the final margin.
Triplett got two more hits in the nightcap, extending her hit streak to seven. She has multiple hits in six of those, including four straight.
"We're starting to put the pieces together that we've been missing," she said. "I think we're going to be good from here on out."
Sexton had two more hits and walked twice to reach in every plate appearance.
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