BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Pitching was the name of the game on Tuesday at MGM Park. Four Gulf Coast pitchers combined for a two-hitter in game one to help propel the Bulldogs past Alabama Southern 1-0.
Michael Shubert of Hancock supplied the lone run for Gulf Coast with a fourth-inning home run that sailed into the netting 325 feet from home plate.
Mason Sullivan posted the win of Gulf Coast in his first decision of the season. He went four innings, struck out four and allowed only one hit.
Gulf Coast head coach Rodney Batts said, "Mason came in and threw great. He gave us just want we needed. He hasn't pitched in a while and hasn't pitched a lot. But he's kept himself ready."
Brandon Kennedy earned his fifth save of the season with a scoreless seventh. He struck out two of the four batters he faced. One of the batters reached safely on an error.
Gulf Coast pitching didn't give up a hit until the fifth. Joseph Gennaro pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth by getting a double-play grounder.
Alabama Southern dominated game two with a 5-0 decision over Gulf Coast.
"We didn't come to the ballpark with our heart and our energy we normally have, "stated Batts. "That's what this team is going to have to feed off of. We're not talented enough to just come out and play."
The Bulldogs were limited to four hits in the second game for a total of seven over 14 innings played on Tuesday at MGM Park.
"There's no one thing, "Batts said. "I thought our swings were tired looking. I don't know why that is, coming off a long weekend. We just didn't have the same approach at the plate, the same aggressiveness."
Gulf Coast next home game will be played next Tuesday at William Carey College in Hattiesburg. The Bulldogs face Jones County in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.