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NWCC Rangers baseball team gets swept by Gulf Coast

Still searching for some sort of consistency nine games into the 2010 season, the Northwest Mississippi Community College Ranger baseball team suffered a doubleheader sweep to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Bulldogs Feb. 27 at Ranger Field in Senatobia.

Northwest lost to Gulf Coast by scores of 10-1 and 11-2 to drop its record to 4-5. After opening the season with a four-game win streak, the Rangers have dropped their last five contests.

Gulf Coast claimed a 8-0 lead in the first game before Northwest got on the scoreboard thanks to a solo home run by Ethan Bright of Batesville. The homer was Bright’s second of the spring. Sophomores Seth Milliorn of Olive Branch and Joel Rich of Southaven accounted for half of the Rangers’ eight hits by collecting two each.

Northwest sophomore pitcher Marshal Hamrick of Senatobia allowed five runs over the first three innings and took the loss to drop his record to 0-1. Hamrick struck out four and walked one.

The Rangers totaled six hits in the second game with Bright, Hunter Parham of Southaven, and Tyler Benson of Batesville picking up two each. One of Bright’s hits was an RBI-single in the first inning, while Parham added an RBI-double in that same frame.

Northwest freshman pitcher Charley Sullivan of Oxford threw the first four innings and shouldered the loss to fall to 0-1. Sullivan was touched for six hits and five runs, three of which were unearned.

The Rangers will battle the Southwest Tennessee Saluqis in a doubleheader Wednesday, March 3 at First Tennessee Fields in Cordova. The first game starts at 2 p.m.

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