Rattlers Look to Continue Roll Against Tigers: Coming off a split of a doubleheader on the road against Texas A&M-Kingsville, the Rattlers return home to face cross-town rival Trinity in a doubleheader today at Rattler Field. St. Mary’s is 8-3 at home this season, including a split of a doubleheader against Tarleton State last Saturday. After today’s games the Rattlers will have the next six days off before returning to action against Regis on Wednesday. Malissa Magee earned Heartland Conference Pitcher of the Week honors and hasn’t allowed a run in 15 innings.
About Trinity: The Tigers are 4-2 on the season. They fell to Houston Baptist, 4-1, 9-1, but rolled to doubleheader wins over Schreiner and Texas Lutheran. Their hitting has been their strength as they are batting .338 for the season. Jamie Williams leads the way with a .632 batting average, three doubles, two triples and 12 runs scored. On the mound the Tigers have a 3.11 ERA. Erin Mulvey is 2-1 with a 1.84 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 19.0 innings of work. Opponents are batting .079 against Mulvey. Jillian Degerness is 2-0 with a 3.34 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 14.2 innings.
St. Mary’s vs. Trinity: The Rattlers lead the series between the schools since 1994, 13-1. Trinity won the first meeting 1998, 1-0, but the Rattlers have won the last 13 since. The last time the two teams met on the field was during the 2005 season, with the Rattlers sweeping a doubleheader 7-5, 4-0, at Trinity. The Rattlers have won all five meetings at St. Mary’s, including both meetings in 2002, 8-0, 6-0.
Odds and Ends Notes: In the Heartland Conference weekly report the Rattlers rank at the top of nearly every individual and team category… St. Mary’s has the top batting average in the league at .277 and has 14 homeruns… The Rattlers are also at the top of team pitching with a 1.64 ERA, less than half that of second place St. Edward’s (3.84)… Sarah Cooper leads the Heartland with a .373 batting average… Lindsay Barnes and Kelcy Walker rank 1-2 in RBIs… In pitching Malissa Magee and Brittany Kettinger rank 1-2 in ERA. Magee is first in wins (9), ERA (0.84), innings pitched (75.1) and strikeouts (76).
St. Mary’s Splits with Texas A&M-Kingsville: Malissa Magee tossed 10 scoreless innings to lead St. Mary’s to a split of a doubleheader, 6-0, 2-3, against Texas A&M-Kingsville. In game one Magee allowed just two Javelina batters to reach base and only one to get past first base in the game. She struck out seven in the complete game shutout, her fifth of the season. Kelcy Walker gave Magee all the run support she would need when she took a Natalie Jones pitch over the wall in right for her fourth homerun of the season. With the Rattlers trailing 1-0, St. Mary’s rallied in the third inning. With one out Munoz singled to right and one out later Mary K Pederson singled to put runners on the corners with two outs. Sarah Cooper singled to left to score Munoz and Pederson advanced to third on the play. Then Nora Aguilar uncorked a wild pitch to score Pederson with the go-ahead run. In the fourth inning the Javs took the lead. Sally Lozano doubled to lead off and Cassie Anderson followed with a single. Magee came in from the bullpen and allowed an infield single to Joanna Dorado. An errant throw by Pederson allowed Lozano to score. Magee retired the next two batters, but a wild pitch allowed Anderson to score the go-ahead run. From there Aguilar retired the last 10 batters of the game.
Magee Earns Heartland Player of the Week Honors: Malissa Magee was named Heartland Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week for her play against Tarleton State University and the University of the Incarnate Word. Magee upped her record to 9-3 with a pair of wins. She was 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 14.0 innings of work as the Rattlers went 3-1. In the first game of the week, against seventh-ranked Incarnate Word, she allowed just six hits, while striking out five in the complete game win. In the first game against Tarleton State she allowed just one run on five hits in a complete game win. At one point she retired 15 straight batters.