POPLARVILLE, Miss. — The Pearl River Lady Wildcats picked up a much needed sweep Tuesday night, defeating Hinds 4-3 and 9-1 in five innings.
The sweep gave the Lady Wildcats (12-10 overall, 2-4 MACJC) their first two conference wins of the season.
"Hinds is a good team. They got out there and swung the bats," PRCC coach Leigh White said. "Our girls knew our backs were against the wall and they just competed and got it done."
Game 1: PRCC 4, Hinds 3
Neither team were able to string together much offense in the first few innings of the contest.
Hinds (7-15, 0-4 MACJC) struck first in the top of the fifth inning, taking a 2-0 lead after scoring runs on a single and an error.
The Lady Eagles tacked on another run in the top of the sixth to make it a 3-0 game.
That's when the Lady Wildcats' bats came alive.
The Lady Wildcats grabbed the victory in the bottom of the seventh when McLeod hit a walk-off single to score Alyssa Pinero (Picayune) and secure the 4-3 win.
"It took us a little while to adjust to their pitching," White said. "We kept competing in the box and Neely got in there and got the job done."
Hannah Rasberry (Lucedale; George County) led the team in hits with three while Turner led the team in RBIs with two.
Grace Stringer (Moselle; South Jones) picked up the win for the Lady Wildcats.
Stringer entered the game in the top of the seventh inning and got PRCC out of the inning with a big double play and a groundout.
Game 2: PRCC 9, Hinds 1 (5 inn.)
The second win for the Lady Wildcats came in stark contrast to their first.
PRCC struck first in the bottom of the second inning
Turner got things started with an RBI double that scored McLeod.
Gehrmann then scored Turner with a single to give the Lady Wildcats a 2-0 lead.
The bottom of the third inning saw PRCC break the game open.
Blaker hit a two-run double to score Brooke Fagan (Kiln; Hancock) and Rasberry.
Elizabeth Taggard (Picayune) then put an exclamation point on the inning by hitting a three-run bomb out of left field to give PRCC a 7-0 lead.
Hinds finally got on the board in the top of fourth scoring a run on an RBI double.
The Lady Wildcats responded, however.
In the bottom of the fourth, Rasberry hit an RBI double to score Fagan.
Rasberry later scored after Pinero reached on an error to give the Lady Wildcats a 9-1 lead.
The Lady Wildcats secured the win after the top of the fifth, run ruling Hinds.
Fagan led the team in hits with two while Taggard led the team in RBIs with three.
Stringer picked up her second win of the day.
The freshman pitched five innings, allowing four hits, one walk and giving up one earned run while striking out five.
"I think Grace did a really good job today," White said. "She got out there and they had a hard time catching her, we felt like she could hold them down."
The Lady Wildcats hit the road again this Friday, when they take on Northeast Mississippi in a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.