POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Pearl River Community College's shot at a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges' baseball championship remained alive after the No. 7 Wildcats swept Copiah-Lincoln Community College this past weekend.
The Wildcats (35-9, 21-5 MACJC) remain a game behind MACJC leader, No. 2 Jones County Junior College (37-7, 22-4), heading into the final doubleheader of the regular season for both teams.
The Wildcats will travel to Clarksdale to take on Coahoma Community College, while the Bobcats visit Meridian Community.
The Bobcats' "magic number" is down to one, meaning any combination of a PRCC loss/JCJC win would eliminate the Wildcats. PRCC must sweep Coahoma and root for Meridian to sweep the Bobcats.
The state champion receives a first-round bye in the MACJC playoffs.
PRCC forced the championship chase down to the regular-season finale with 8-3 and 9-4 victories over the Wolves at Dub Herring Stadium.
After being no hit through the first four innings in the first game, extra-base hits by Scooter Ginn (double) and Magruder O'Bannon (triple) sparked a two-run rally as PRCC tied the score 3-3 in the fifth inning. The Wildcats broke the game open in a four-run sixth inning, highlighted by Simon Lanier's two-run home run.
That was more than enough support for PRCC starting pitcher Camden Dusang (7-1), who allowed three runs on five hits while turning in the Wildcats' first complete game of the season.
Dusang, who retired 15 of the final 17 batters he faced, walked three and struck out 10.
The Wildcats erased any suspense about the outcome of the second game in the second inning, with Landry clobbering his 19th home run of the season with the bases loaded to cap a seven-run, two-out rally.
Landry's two-home run day pushed him past PRCC's previous single-season record (18) held by current Wildcats' assistant coach Rhyne Hughes.
Miles Smith (7-1) tossed five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and walking one.