SAN ANGELO – Whitney Meeks single with one out in the ninth inning scored the winning run as 4th-ranked Angelo State University swept a doubleheader from St. Mary’s University, 7-0, 4-3, in softball action Wednesday night at ASU Softball Field.
The Rambelles scored three runs against Malissa Magee (Jr., Houston) in the first inning of the second game before the first out was recorded. Brittney Cargill smacked a two-run homerun against Magee, just the fourth she has allowed all season. But Magee settled down and allowed just two hits and two hit batsmens over the next seven innings, giving the Rattlers a chance to get back into the game.
In the third inning, the Rattlers broke out of their scoreless streak with two runs. With one out Kelcy Walker (Jr., San Antonio) singled to left and Lindsay Barnes (Jr., San Antonio) singled to put two runners on. Taryn Munoz (Fr., Bulverde) singled to score Walker with the first run and Nikki Flores (So., Friendswood) brought home pinch runner Elizabeth Joyce (Fr., San Antonio) with a ground out to shortstop. Barnes led off the fourth inning by smacking her 14th homerun of the season to tie things up at 3-3.
The Rattlers threatened to score in the ninth inning, but could not take advantage. Walker hit a hard ground ball that hopped over shortstop Leina Braxton’s glove and went all the way to the wall for a triple with one out. Barnes grounded out to third for the second out and Munoz struck out to end the threat.
In the bottom of the ninth inning Braxton led off by getting hit by a pitch. Laura Lopez then came up and laid down a sacrifice bunt that Walker threw away, allowing Braxton to advance to third with no outs. That brought up Dionne Lopez, who popped out to shortstop Sade Moore (So., Angelton) gloved for the first out. Kandace Kubat was intentionally walked to load the bases. That brought up Whitney Meeks, who smacked a single through the right side for the game-winning hit.
Magee fell to 23-8 on the season with the loss, breaking an eight-game win streak. Magee allowed four runs, three of which were earned on seven hits and one walk, while striking out six in 8 1/3 innings of work.
In game one the Rattlers committed five errors, allowing five unearned runs to score in a 7-0 loss to the Rambelles. Brittany Kettinger (Jr., Azle) fell to 11-7 on the season, allowing six runs, only two of which were earned on eight hits and one walk, while striking out two in 4 1/3 innings of work. The five errors was a season high for the Rattlers. Kari Galm picked up her 22nd win of the season, posting just the fifth shutout of the season against the Rattlers.
The Rattlers saw their 12-game win streak come to an end with the loss in the first game. They are now 37-16 overall this season, while ASU is 42-6. St. Mary’s will return to action on Saturday when they travel cross-town to play a Heartland Conference doubleheader against the University of the Incarnate Word at 1 p.m.