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Gulf Coast roars back twice more in sweep

TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD 
 MGCCC second baseman Marcus Buckley makes a diving attempt at a ground ball against St. Louis Community College, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD MGCCC second baseman Marcus Buckley makes a diving attempt at a ground ball against St. Louis Community College, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.

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BILOXI ---Mississippi Gulf Coast has fallen behind in every game but one so far this year, but after another two of those Friday, the Bulldogs are 5-1.

They came back from three- and five-run deficits in sweeping St. Louis Community College at MGM Park. Gulf Coast won Game 1 10-5 and finished the sweep 11-8.

"The more we play, the more these guys amaze me," Bulldogs coach Rodney Batts said. "It's going to be a bunch that isn't ever going to quit and keep fighting. That's what I like about them."

Gulf Coast returns to action next Friday when Mineral Area visits Biloxi. The doubleheader starts at 4 p.m.

The Archers were playing their first two games of the season, coming off a season where they were one games from the NJCAA Division I World Series.

They led 5-2 after the top half of the fourth in the opener when Gulf Coast put up five runs, powered by the Nos. 3 and 4 hitters, Michael Shubert and Brian Lane.

Shubert doubled in Marcus Buckley, Lane singled and Tyler Evans grounded out to plate another run.

Slater McCarty and Ian Goff singled in runs, with another run scoring after a St. Louis miscue on Goff's hit for a 7-5 lead.

Lane hits the Bulldogs' first home run in MGM Park, a solo no-doubter in the fourth. Shubert and Lane had back-to-back RBI doubles in the sixth for the final margin.

"I had a rough series last time," Lane said. "To come back and go 4-for-4 the first game, it really builds you up and pushes you to the next series."

They went a combined 7-for-8 in the opener with six RBI, and Shubert did it after throwing up twice before the game.

"It was a rough day today," he said. "I don't know what it was, but I guess it helped me a little bit."

Joseph Gennaro (1-0) pitched 3.1 shutout innings of relief for the victory. He struck out four and allowed two hits.

In the nightcap, the Bulldogs trailed 7-2 going into the bottom of the fourth. Ian Goff had an RBI groundout in that inning before the big explosion the next.

Lane doubled in Justin Nussbaum and Shubert, and Slater McCarty followed with another double to make it 7-6.

Tyler Rachel was hit by a pitch, and Brycen Burge doubled two runs in to take the lead. Marcus Buckley's speed forced another error to score Burge, and Nussbaum make it 10-7 with another double.

Mark Wood (1-1) earned the win with three innings of relief, striking out three. Brandon Kennedy got his second save.

"Four of our five wins, we've gone to a guy in the bullpen and we've been down several runs," Batts said. "They've come in and shut the door, held 'em in check and gave our offense a chance to come back in and win it."

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