GOODWELL, Okla. – Malissa Magee picked up her 20th win of the season and St. Mary’s University won its fifth and sixth straight games, with an 11-2, 3-1, sweep of Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Heartland Conference softball action Sunday afternoon.
Magee (Jr., Houston) allowed just one run two hits and two walks, while striking out eight in eight innings of work. She improved to 20-7 this season with the win and has won her last five starts, with the run she allowed in the fourth inning breaking a 32.2 innings scoreless streak. The run scored on an illegal pitch.
It looked as through she would take the loss thanks to that one run as the Rattlers trailed 1-0 heading into the top of the seventh inning, despite outhitting the Aggies 4-2. Aggie pitcher Rachel Hughes had the Rattlers one out away from a loss, retiring the first two batters, but Mary K Pederson (Jr., Houston) drew a walk and came home when Sarah Cooper (Jr., Houston) smacked a game-tying double. The next inning the Rattlers put the game away with two runs. A Brittany Kettinger (Jr., Azle) triple was the go ahead run and she scored one batter later on a sacrifice fly by Nikki Flores (So., Friendswood).
In the first game Kettinger picked up her eighth win of the season, allowing two runs on three hits in a run-rule 11-2 win for the Rattlers. Kettinger improved 8-6 win the win. The Rattlers broke the game open with four runs in the third inning, and then added three more in the fifth to complete the run-rule victory. Sade Moore (So., Angleton), Pederson, Kelcy Walker (Jr., San Antonio) and Kettinger all had two hits in the win.
With the sweep the Rattlers improved to 31-14 overall and 8-3 in Heartland Conference play this season. OPSU fell to 6-29, 2-9. St. Mary’s will return to action on Thursday, April 5, when they travel to Billings, Mont., to take on Montana State University-Billings in a HC doubleheader, starting at 2 p.m.