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No. 2 Gulf Coast travels to No. 5 Jones Tuesday for a softball double-header

PERKINSTON, MS (WLOX) -

Gulf Coast and Jones are two of the top ranked JUCO teams in the nation.

The 24 and 2 Lady Bulldogs, ranked No. 2 in the nation, brings 8 wins and 2 losses in MACJC play to Ellisville.

The Lady Bobcats, ranked No. 5 in the nation, have run off 12 consecutive league victories and have 23 wins in 27 games.

Jones may be looking for revenge after Gulf Coast beat the Lady Bobcats twice in post-season play in 2015.  Lady Bulldogs players say they will be ready for the double-header.

Lexie Mathis has belted 9 home runs this season and is tied for 6th in the NJCAA ranks.  She said, "We just need to go in focused, hit the ball and play defense behind our pitchers." 

Lady Bulldogs sophomore catcher Brittany Cooley carries a.420 batting average with 2 home runs and 14 RBI. 
Cooley said, "I think that we have to keep our momentum going against whoever we play. Not just Jones, Itawamba or Pearl River. We have to go in and know that we have to beat a team the same way."

Pitcher Kaitlin Lee has posted an impressive .052 earned run average with 65 strike outs and only 5 base on balls.
Lee said, "We're going into games with a huge target on our backs. We took it out from under their feet when they weren't expecting it. They're going to come hungry but what they don't know is that we're a completely different team. They don't know what they're in for."

On Monday, Gulf Coast pitcher Nora Keehn was named the MACJC Pitcher of the Week for the second consecutive week.

The freshman right-hander from Vanderbilt Catholic High School in Thibodaux, Louisiana, tossed a no-hitter and teamed for a one-hitter in two appearances.  Keehn is 7-0 with a 1.28 ERA.  

She didn't allow a hit in an 11-0 win over Holmes.  She had seven strike outs in five innings.  In four innings against Coahoma, Keehn allowed only a leadoff bunt single and had six strike outs.

Gulf Coast hasn't allowed a run in 37 innings and only one over the last 48 innings.

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