San Antonio – St. Mary’s University outfielder Nikki Flores was named Heartland Conference Softball Hitter of the Week for her play at the Mustang Invitational last weekend, it was announced by the conference office Tuesday.

Flores (So., Friendswood) had hits in three of four games as St. Mary’s finished third at the Mustang Invitational, played in Wichita Falls on Friday and Saturday. She had two three-hit games, while hitting .583 with a double, homerun, two RBI and three runs scored. She went 3-of-3 in the tournament opener against East Central with a double. She smacked her first homerun of the season against Midwestern State, the only run of the game for the Rattlers in a 2-1 loss in eight innings. She finished the tournament by again going 3-of-3 with a double, RBI and run scored against Southern Arkansas.

For the season Flores is batting .364 with three doubles, a homerun, six RBI and seven runs scored in 15 games played. She has hits in 11 of 15 games this season. Her batting average is third on the team.

She is the fourth Rattler to be honored by the Heartland Conference and the third to earn Hitter of the Week honors in as many weeks. The first week of the season Kelcy Walker (Jr., San Antonio) was named Hitter of the Week, while Malissa Magee (Jr., Houston) earned Pitcher of the Week honors. Lindsay Barnes (Jr., San Antonio) was picked at the HC Hitter of the Week last week.

Flores and the Rattlers will return to action on Tuesday when they host the University of the Incarnate Word at 5 p.m. at Rattler Field in a non-conference doubleheader.

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 .310 and has 13 homeruns. The most any other school in the league has is four homeruns… The Rattlers are also at the top of team pitching with a 1.82 ERA, less than half that of second place St. Edward’s… Kelcy Walker is third in the league with a .435 batting average, while Lindsay Barnes is fourth with a .432… Barnes, Walker and Heather Montroe rank 1-2-3 in RBIs… Mary K Pederson and Walker are 1-2 in runs scored… In pitching Malissa Magee and Brittany Kettinger rank 1-2 in ERA. Magee is first in wins (5), ERA (1.09), innings pitched (51.1) and strikeouts (56).

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