Junior Colleges

Nora Keehn throws no-hitter for second-ranked Gulf Coast

 Nora Keehn threw a no-hitter for Gulf Coast on Saturday against Holmes.
MGCCC Nora Keehn threw a no-hitter for Gulf Coast on Saturday against Holmes.

No. 2 Mississippi Gulf Coast's Nora Keehn pitched a no-hitter Saturday, and Lady Bulldogs pitchers allowed only one hit in sweep at Holmes.

Keehn struck out seven in her five-inning 11-0 victory in the opener, and Kaitlin Lee struck out 10 in a 3-0 win in the second in Goodman.

"It might be the best we played all year," Gulf Coast coach Kenneth Long said. "We pitched very well. We hit the ball well and made all the plays on defense. We played really good."

Gulf Coast (24-2, 8-2 MACJC) hasn't allowed a run in 37 innings and only one over the last 48 innings.

Lee, who threw a perfect game earlier in the season, nearly matched Keehn's no-hitter.

"A batter hit a ball right over Alyssa Hardy's head at second base," Long said. "Alyssa jumped - it was kind of a soft line -- and it tipped off her glove."

Lexie Mathis hit two home runs in the first game, giving her 11 for the year. Her three-run blast in the first opened the scoring and her two-run shot in the fifth cleared the scoreboard. She finished with six RBI.

Mathis' first home run was all Keehn (7-1) needed. Holmes' only baserunner was a second-inning walk. Keehn lowered her ERA to 1.28.

Hannah Melendrez also homered, and she and Kaitlin Lee had two hits and two RBI. Brittany Cooley added two singles and Izzy Werdann doubled.

Deborah Elmore drove in all three runs in the second game, two on a first-inning double. Lee had two hits, including a double, to help her cause, and Melendrez doubled.

Lee (11-1) allowed only three baserunners, none of which advanced past second. She lowered her ERA to 0.46.