HATTIESBURG — Mississippi Gulf Coast got a much-needed sweep Tuesday, beating Southwest twice at William Carey, 8-1 and 7-4.
"They gave up five runs in 14 innings, so I'm really proud of those pitchers," Gulf Coast coach Kenneth Long said. "They really stepped up."
Her solo shot in the second inning of Game 2 cut into an early 2-0 Southwest lead, and Mingo followed two pitches later with another one to tie it up.
"I knew it was gone," she said. "I threw my bat and just walked down the line."
Hopson's RBI single in the third gave the Lady Bulldogs the lead, and Triplett's double rattled the wall in the fourth and made it 4-2.
Gulf Coast tacked on three insurance runs in the sixth. Bailey Massey (Fr, Bruce/Bruce) had an RBI double, followed by Triplett's run-scoring single. Megan Sexton (Fr, West Harrison/Gulfport) then made it 7-2 with a sacrifice fly.
Mingo scattered five hits, striking out two.
"I was just hitting my spot the way I'm supposed to," she said. "My teammates helped me out with their defense."
Gulf Coast broke open a scoreless Game 1 with a four-run third. Triplett doubled in a run, and Katie Beth Williams (Fr, Smithville/Smithville) scored two with a single. Hopson's single made it 4-0.
Sanders slugged her home run in the fifth to make it 6-1.
"I knew it as soon as I hit it," she said."
Jada White (Fr, Philadelphia/Philadelphia) had a sac fly to close out a two-run sixth.
Sanders had six strikeouts after two innings and finished with nine. She allowed six hits and walked two.
"My curveball was working," she said. "It was hitting outside. It was moving up, it was moving down."
Gulf Coast improves to 15-11 overall, 10-8 MACJC. Southwest falls to 12-22, 5-17.
The Lady Bulldogs return to action Friday when Itawamba visits. First pitch is at 2 p.m.
"We need to win some games in the next couple of weeks, so this gets us on a roll," said Sanders.
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