JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Ray Camacho had six hits and St. Mary’s University smacked four more homeruns as the Rattlers completed a four-game sweep of Lincoln University, 15-3, 16-1, in Heartland Conference baseball action Sunday afternoon at LU Baseball Field.
Camacho (Sr., Converse) went a combined 6-of-10 with a homerun, six RBI and five runs scored in the doubleheader. He was one of 11 Rattlers to pick up at least one hit in the doubleheader Sunday. As a team the Rattlers had 33 hits, including 11 extra base hits against LU. In the four-game sweep of LU the Rattlers hit 11 homeruns.
The game was still 3-2 heading into the fifth inning before the Rattlers picked up five runs on four hits and two Blue Tiger errors to take an 8-2 lead. Two innings later Jason Anderson (Sr. Lancaster, Calif.) smacked his third homerun in two days to key a six-inning seventh that put the game completely out of reach.
Brandon Lippe (Sr., Schertz) allowed three runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out seven in picking up the complete-game victory in game one. He improved to 5-2 this season with the win. He allowed two first inning runs, and then allowed just one run over the final six innings.
In the second game the Rattlers scored six runs in the second inning to take a commanding early and they never let up in a 16-1 decision. Danny Cantu (So., Laredo) had three hits, while David Vaio (So., San Antonio) smacked a two-run homerun to key the Rattler attack. St. Mary’s had 18 hits in the second game to give them 33 in the doubleheader.
Caleb Staudt (Sr., Leander) picked up his fifth win of the season against just one loss with five innings of work. He allowed one run on three hits and three walks, while striking out two.
With the sweep the Rattlers finished the 2007 regular season with a 38-16 overall record and a 30-10 mark in Heartland Conference play. Lincoln wraps of 2007 with a 17-38 overall record and 13-27 mark in HC play. The Rattlers will now wait to see if they will advance to the NCAA South Central Region Tournament. St. Mary’s currently trails St. Edward’s University by three games in the Heartland standings with the Hilltoppers schedule to play a four-game series against Montana State University-Billings on Monday and Tuesday in Billings, Mont.