PERKINSTON — No. 6 Mississippi Gulf Coast got a pitching gem from Kristen Cade in the first game against No. 14 Highland, but the Lady Bulldogs couldn't get a sweep Friday at Ross-Smith Field.
Cade, a freshman from Harrison Central, struck out 12 and allowed just three hits in a 2-0 win. The Scotties won the second game 5-3, taking advantage of a sloppy first inning.
"They're a good solid team, so it's not like we lost to a bad team," Gulf Coast coach Kenneth Long said. "I liked the way we came out and played the first game. The second game, early in the game, we didn't have much fire in us, and it cost us."
Gulf Coast (10-6) returns to MACJC action Wednesday when No. 8 Copiah-Lincoln visits Perkinston. First pitch in the doubleheader is set for 3 p.m.
Cade got the only run she needed in the first inning when Marsha' Hunt (Fr., Philadelphia/Philadelphia) scored Shelby Archer (Fr., Pearl River Central/Picayune) with a sacrifice fly. Camryn Williams (So., White Hall/White Hall, Ark.) added a solo homer in the second.
Archer and Kayla Cade (Fr., Harrison Central/Saucier) had two hits.
In the second game, Highland loaded the bases with nobody out with the help of a couple of walks, but Gulf Coast didn't get an out on a ground ball that opened the floodgates further. The Scotties (10-4) would score three in the inning.
The Lady Bulldogs tied it in the bottom of the third thanks to a two-out rally. Two walks set the table for Katie Beth Williams (So., Smithville/Smithville), who doubled one in. Camryn Williams followed with a two-run double.
Highland scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, which was too much for Gulf Coast to overcome.
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