ELLISVILLE – No. 7 Mississippi Gulf Coast fell into the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament losers' bracket with a 13-asdf loss to No. 1 Jones County.
The Lady Bulldogs will play the winner of the LSU-Eunice game against Itawamba. Those teams will play about 3:15 p.m., with Gulf Coast starting about 30 minutes after the completion.
If Gulf Coast wins, it advances to the championship round, but more importantly qualifies for the national tournament. Region 23 has two berths in the NJCAA Division II Softball Tournament, which will be played May 17-20 in Clinton.
Molly Murphy had a pair of hits, including a double, for the Lady Bulldogs (40-13).
JCJC improves to 49-2 and has clinched a berth in the national tournament.
NJCAA Region 23 Tournament
Game 1: Gulf Coast 8, LSU-Eunice 1
Game 2: Jones County 6, Itawamba 1
Game 3: Jones County 13, Gulf Coast 3
Game 4: LSU-Eunice vs. Itawamba, 3 p.m.
Game 5: Gulf Coast vs. Game 4 winner, 5 p.m.
Game 6: Jones County vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m.
Game 7: If necessary, 30 minutes later
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