Pearl River Community College is advancing to the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament after defeating Itawamba 13-0 in the third and deciding game of the best-of-three game first-round playoff series at Fulton.
The Indians forced the deciding game by winning Game 2 of the series earlier Friday 7-1.
The six-team region tournament begins on Wednesday at Ellisville. PRCC will carry a 27-18 record into the regional. ICC ended its season 31-16.
Freshman right-hander Colby White (5-2) tossed a one-hitter, striking out seven, and he was backed by a 10-hit attack. Itawamba did not get a hit until two were out in the fifth and final inning.
Pearl River scored four runs in the top of the first inning, two coming on Simon Landry’s two-run double, and kept the pressure on, scoring two runs in the second and four runs in the third to put the 10-run rule into effect, then added three insurance runs in the fourth.
Sophomore Lucas Scott had a run-scoring triple, and redshirt freshman Bryson Medious and sophomore Noah Nicaud each had doubles for the Wildcats.
In the first game Friday, PRCC could muster little offense against Itawamba ace pitcher J.T. Salter, who struck out 10 Wildcat batters, and the Indians made a four-run first inning stand up.
PRCC had just two singles in the game, both singles. Lucas Scott had a leadoff single in the fifth and Simon Landry had a two-out single in the ninth. Pearl River scored its only run in the fourth without a hit.
Itawamba took advantage of early control problems by Wildcat starter Camden Dusang (4-3), and a key error for a four run rally. The Indians added a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
PRCC BASEBALL LINESCORES
MACJC First Round Playoffs
(PRCC wins series 2-1)
Friday at Fulton
Itawamba 7, Pearl River 1
Pearl River 000 100 000 – 1 2 1
Itawamba 400 001 20x – 7 8 0
PEARL RIVER (26-18): Simon Landry 1B; Lucas Scott 1B. LP – Camden Dusang (4-3). Also pitching – Jason Garrett.
ITAWAMBA (31-15): Tyreque Reed 2B; Bryan Malone 1B; Russ Payne 2 2B; Corey Pate 1B; Trevor Smith. WP – J.T. Salter (7-2) 10Ks.
Pearl River 13, Itawamba 0
Pearl River 424 30 – 13 10 1
Itawamba 000 00 – 0 1 1
PEARL RIVER (27-18): Bryson Medious 2B, 1B; Jonathan Turner 1B; Simon Landry 2B; Lucas Scott 3B; Austin Moffett 2 1B; Noah Nicaud 2B, 1B; Logan Walters 1B. WP – Colby White (5-2) 7 Ks.
ITAWAMBA (31-16): Hagen Box 1B. LP – Sam Harrington (2-2). Also pitching – Witt Roaton; Kaleb Barnes; Jon Morgan Payne; Blake Appel.