San Antonio – Michael Brzezinski and Cody Pyle homered in a five-run seventh inning and freshman Eduardo de Lachica picked up the win in his first collegiate appearance, leading 28th-ranked St. Mary’s University to a 10-3 win over Texas A&M University-Kingsville in baseball action Wednesday night at V.J. Keefe Memorial Stadium.
The Javelinas had tied things at 3-3 after the top of the seventh inning, but the Rattlers wasted no time in retaking the advantage. Danny Cantu (So., Laredo) singled to lead off and Brzezinski (So., Helotes) followed with his third homerun of the season to give the Rattlers a two-run edge. Ray Camacho (Sr., Converse) followed with a triple and one out later Pyle (Sr., Spring Branch) smashed his sixth homerun of the season to give the Rattlers a four-run edge.
From there de Lachica (Fr., Sugarland) took over. He allowed a base hit that tied the score at 3-3, but settled down from there, allowing only an infield single over the final 2 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked none in picking up the win. Scott Shimek (So., Shiner) made his first start of the season and pitched well, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out four in 6 2/3 innings of work.
Camacho continued his white-hot hitting of late, going 3-of-5 with three runs scored. Pyle also had three hits in five at-bats, driving in three and scoring two. Brzezinski, Ricky Gonzalez (Jr., Houston), Jonathon Cisneros (Fr., San Antonio) and Bobby Freeman (Jr., Fair Oaks Ranch) each had two hits as the Rattlers picked up 16 off Javelina pitching on the night.
With the win the Rattlers have now won five games in a row and are 14-4 overall this season. TAMUK saw its eight-game win streak end and is 12-6. St. Mary’s will return to action on Friday when they travel to Austin to face 18th-ranked St. Edward’s University in a Heartland Conference doubleheader, starting at noon.