San Antonio – Cody Pyle had four hits and drove in six runs to lead the way as St. Mary’s University swept past Texas A&M International University, 12-4, 13-8, in Heartland Conference baseball action Friday at V.J. Keefe Memorial Stadium.
Pyle (Sr., Spring Branch) went 2-of-3 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored in game one, then followed that up by going 2-of-4 with a grand slam homerun, four RBI and two runs scored in the second game. Michael Pawelek (Sr., San Antonio) and Michael Brzezinski (So., Helotes) each had four hits, while Jason Davila (Sr., Boerne) added five hits, including a homerun.
In the opening game Michael Villarreal (So., Eagle Pass) had his first complete game of the season, allowing just two earned runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out six in seven innings. He improved to 3-1 with the win. Adam Zorzit fell to 3-4, taking the loss for the Dustdevils.
The Rattlers broke the game open early with 10 runs over the first two innings and were never headed after that. Ricky Gonzalez (Jr., Houston), Brzezinski and Jonathon Cisneros (Fr., San Antonio) each had homeruns in the seven-run second inning that put the game out of reach early.
In the second game Brzezinski hit his second homerun of the doubleheader – a three-run shot – to put the Rattlers up early. They put the game away with eight runs in the fifth inning, keyed by Pyle’s grand slam, his team-leading eighth of the season.
That helped to make a winner of Zach Kucera (Jr., Spring). Kucera improved to 3-2 on the season, allowing five runs on seven hits and seven walks, while striking out six in seven innings of work. Jeremy Wilhelm took the loss, falling to 2-1 on the season.
With the sweep the Rattlers improved to 18-7 overall, while TAMIU fell to 16-9-1. The teams will complete their three-game series on Saturday at noon with a single game at V.J. Keefe Memorial Stadium.