POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College shook off a lop-sided loss in the first game, coming back to gain a split of an MACJC doubleheader against Southwest Mississippi Tuesday at Wildcat Stadium.
The Bears roughed up the Wildcats 17-2 in the opener, but PRCC won the nightcap 4-2, behind a complete-game effort on the mound from John Carter Sanner.
Pearl River finished the day 19-11 overall and 4-8 in conference play. SMCC is now 16-7 and 6-4.
Southwest savaged six Wildcat pitchers in the first game, which was interrupted in the third inning by a weather delay of about an hour and a half. At that time, the Bears owned a 14-0 lead after scoring six runs in the second inning and seven in the third.
Duncan Cornfoot had a grand slam, and Brady Anderson also drove in four runs for SMCC. Carter Hankins had a solo home run for the Wildcats.
Justin Demary (2-1) took the loss and Jacob Buchanan (3-2) was the winner for the Bears.
Sanner improved to 5-1 for the season with his effort in the nightcap. The sophomore right-hander allowed just four hits, struck out eight and walked two. The Bears scored their only runs on a two-run homer by Darian Tunstall in the second inning.
PRCC took the lead for good on Zachary Clark’s two-run double in the third inning, and the Wildcats added an insurance run in the sixth an RBI single by Lucas Scott. Braden Smith (2-1) was the losing pitcher for Southwest.
Pearl River is scheduled to host Itawamba for a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.
PRCC BASEBALL LINESCORES
Tuesday at Poplarville
Southwest 17, Pearl River 2
Southwest 167-020-1 – 17-17-0
Pearl River 000-110-0 – 2-7-1
SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI (16-6, 6-3 in MACJC): L.D. Coney 3 2B, 1B; Brady Anderson 2 1B (4 RBIs); Ross Buckley 2B (3 RBIs); Duncan Cornfoot HR (grand slam), 1B; Steven Williams 4 1B; Tanner Whittington 2 1B; Dylan Spiers 2 1B (3 RBIs). WP – Jacob Buchanan (3-2). Also pitching – Gerald Groue; John Miles McNeese.
PEARL RIVER (18-11, 3-8 in MACJC): Carter Hankins HR; Gage Teer 1B; Jonathan Turner 1B; Tyler Reid 2B; Peyton Lee 1B; Lucas Scott 2 1B. LP – Justin Demary (2-1). Also pitching – Cody Lee; Tyler Kackley; Noah Nicaud; Parker Dungan; Chandler Ray.
Pearl River 4, Southwest 2
Southwest 020-000-0 – 2-4-3
Pearl River 102-001-x – 4-5-2
SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI (16-7, 6-4 in MACJC): Brady Anderson 2B; Duncan Tunstall HR, 1B; Zach Giacona 1B. LP – Braden Smith (2-1). Also pitching – Kyle Coleman, Jesse Pittman.
PEARL RIVER (19-11, 4-8 in MACJC): Zachary Clark 2B, 1B; Austin Moffett 2B; Lucas Scott 2 1B. WP – John Carter Sanner (5-1).