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Gulf Coast baseball plays JCJC at William Carey

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 Mississippi Gulf Coast's Ethan Necaise and the Bulldogs will play Jones County Junior College at William Carey on Tuesday.
KERRY BASS/MGCCC Mississippi Gulf Coast's Ethan Necaise and the Bulldogs will play Jones County Junior College at William Carey on Tuesday.

Mississippi Gulf Coast had its worst week of the season last week, not heads north to play the best team in the state.

The Bulldogs (16-10, 6-4 MACJC) are in third in the conference, four games back of Jones (28-2, 11-1).

"We're going to have play better than last week," Gulf Coast coach Rodney Batts said. "Last week was a bad week for us. It just wasn't the same team we've put out of the field the rest of the season."

Because a new grandstand is being built at Ken "Curly" Farris Field, the Gulf Coast home doubleheader is being played in Hattiesburg at William Carey's Milton Wheeler Field. First pitch is at 4 p.m.

The Bulldogs went 1-3 last week, getting a split at MGM Park against Alabama Southern despite scoring only one run and dropping two at Holmes.

Defense was a problem at Holmes, where Gulf Coast made seven errors in Game 1 and two costly ones in a five-running inning that turned the tide in the second game.

Jones is batting .369 as a team, with a .461 on-base percentage. The Bobcats have hit 29 home runs.

"We know we can't give them anything," Batts said. "If you give them errors, you walk them, you put them on base, you get their offense going. They're' too good of a club with too many hitters to give them freebies."

Gulf Coast needs to stay out of the pack of teams around .500 in the conference. There are eight teams between 7-5 and 5-7 in the MACJC standings.

"If we play the way we're capable of playing," Batts said, "we can certainly go up there and win two."

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