No. 6 Mississippi Gulf Coast got two wins in the rain-delayed Rush Invitational on Saturday, throttling Southeastern Illinois 14-2 and beating Trinity Valley 4-2 in Meridian.
Briana Shores (So, Richland/Richland) drove in six runs on the day, and had two doubles among her four hits.
The Bulldogs have won their first seven games of the season.
Katie Mitchell (Fr, Kosciusko/McCool) improved to 2-0 by throwing a two-hitter against Southeastern Illinois. She allowed only one earned run.
Shores had three hits, including a double, against SIC (0-2). She drove in five runs. Kenzie Nichols (So, Germantown/Madison) and Kathryn Reeves (So, Morton/Morton) had two hits each, and Jenn Perkins (So, Barbe/Lake Charles, La.) and Alexis Laughlin (Fr, East Central/Hurley) had doubles.
Rakeya Travis (Fr, Poplarville/Poplarville), who is coming back from illness and didn't play the first game, singled to lead off the second game, stole a base and scored on a groundout.
Shores had an RBI double in the third that helped pushed Gulf Coast's lead to 3-0, and Travis' RBI single in the fifth made it a four-run game.
A'Mya Stevens (Fr, Northeast Jones/Laurel) gave up a couple of runs in the fifth, but scattered seven hits in her five innings of work to pick up the win against Trinity Valley (9-4), which has been ranked as high 13th in the NJCAA Division I poll. Kristen Cade (So, Harrison Central/Saucier) struck out four in two innings for the save.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to play two more times in the tournament tomorrow. They'll play Parkland at 9 a.m. and No. 2 LSU Eunice at 11.
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