Rattlers Return Home for Five Games This Week: St. Mary’s continues to battle for one of the eight spots in the NCAA South Central Region Tournament, as well as for the Heartland Conference title this week, playing #22 Angelo State and Oklahoma Panhandle State. The Rattlers won three of four games against Montana State-Billings last weekend in Montana, but still lost more ground to Heartland leader St. Edward’s, who won four straight against OPSU. The Rattlers are four games back of the Hilltoppers, with each team having eight conference games remaining. St. Mary’s has won eight of its last 12 games and stands at 30-15 heading into play this week.

About Angelo State: The Rams continue to be one of the top teams in the South Central Region, and in the nation this season. They are ranked 22nd in the nation with a 36-15 record. The Rams have done most of their damage at the plate this season with a .361 batting average, including 120 doubles, 57 homeruns and an average of 8.4 runs score per game. They have also stolen 100 bases in 51 games. Steven Allred leads the way with a .437 average, 20 doubles, six homeruns, 42 RBI and 67 runs scored. On the mound the Rams have a 5.15 ERA with 13 complete games and two shutouts this season. Cody Broussard leads the game with an 8-1 record and a 4.24 ERA.

St. Mary’s vs. Angelo State: Angelo State leads the all-time series between the teams, including a 9-8 win in San Angelo earlier this season. ASU leads 3-1 in San Angelo, while the Rattlers won the only meeting in San Antonio, 9-5 during the 2005 season. Last season the teams played a doubleheader in San Angelo with the Rattlers winning game 1, 10-6 and the Rams winning game two 8-7 in 12 innings.

About Oklahoma Panhandle State: The Aggies have struggled to a 6-31 overall record and a 3-25 HC mark this season. They have lost eight of their last nine games, including a four-game sweep at the hands of St. Edward’s last weekend. At the plate they are hitting .259 with 44 doubles, nine homeruns and average 4.1 runs per game. Josh Garcia leads the team with a .317 batting average, 10 doubles, four homeruns, 25 RBI and 17 runs scored. On the mound the Aggies have a 10.26 ERA with 12 complete games. Opposing batters are hitting .359 against Aggie pitching.

St. Mary’s vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State: The Rattlers hold a 27-3 edge in the all-time series between the teams. In San Antonio the Rattlers lead 10-1, with OPSU winning for the first time last season, 5-4, in the second game of the four-game series. In Goodwell, Okla., the Rattlers lead 17-2, and have won the last 10 games, including four in a row earlier this season by a combined 82-19 score. St. Mary’s won seven of the eight games played last season, including all four in Goodwell. The Rattlers won the first 14 games in the series, which started in 2003.

Rattlers Win Three of Four in Montana: Jason Anderson’s third hit of the day was the difference as St. Mary’s rallied to defeat Montana State-Billings, 6-5, in nine innings and split a doubleheader Saturday, giving the Rattlers the series win against the Yellowjackets. Anderson went 3-of-5 with a triple and three runs scored, but it was his final at-bat of the day that lifted the Rattlers. Anderson’s RBI single in the ninth gave the Rattlers a 6-4 lead in a game that finish 6-5. Michael Pawelek hit his sixth homerun of the season in the game. Cisneros had two base hits, while Daniel Soto had two base hits. Zach Kucera and Tommy Vrzal each picked up their seventh wins of the season on the mound, while Ray Camacho and Ryan Femath led the way at the plate as the Rattlers won 5-2, 5-3 on Friday.

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