Rattlers Look to Continue Strong Tournament Play: The red-hot Rattlers look for their third tournament title of the young season when they travel to Wichita Falls for the Mustang Invitational. They will take on East Central, Northeastern State and host Midwestern State on Friday, then move to pool play on Saturday. The Rattlers swept through the Abilene Christian/CBS Insurance Classic, winning all four games. After this weekend’s game they will return home for eight of the next 10 games. Lindsay Barnes made it three players of the week in two weeks as she earned Heartland Hitter of the Week honors this week after Kelsey Walker and Malissa Magee earned POW honors the first week of the season.
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 .326 and has 10 homeruns. The most any other school in the league has is three homeruns… The Rattlers are also at the top of team pitching with a 2.12 ERA, less than half that of second place Incarnate Word… Kelcy Walker leads the league with a .485 batting average, while Lindsay Barnes is second with a .471… In pitching Malissa Magee and Brittany Kettinger rank 1-2 in ERA. Magee is first in wins, ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts.
Barnes Earns Heartland Hitter of the Week Honors: Lindsay Barnes was named Heartland Conference Hitter of the Week for her play during the week of Feb. 5-11. Barnes hit a sizzling .526 with five homeruns, 11 RBI and five runs scored as the Rattlers won their second straight tournament title. She has hit homeruns in each of the last four games. She went 3-of-4 with a homerun and four RBI against Fort Lewis College. She also had game-winning home run and went 2-of-3 against Southeastern Oklahoma State University in the championship game.
Rattlers Win Second Tournament of the Season: St. Mary’s used dominate pitching and equally strong hitting and defense to sweep their way to the title of the CBS Insurance Classic. They defeated Fort Lewis and #19 Abilene Christian on the first day, then followed up with a pair of wins over Southeastern Oklahoma State on the second day. In the third game of the tournament Brittany Kettinger scattered four hits and one walk over six innings of work to pick up her third win of the season against just one loss. St. Mary’s then broke open a tight 1-0 game in the fifth inning with five runs, including Heather Monroe’s third homerun of the season. St. Mary’s won the game 10-0 in six innings. In the second game, which was also the championship game of the tournament, Malissa Magee improved to 5-1 on the season with her third shutout in six starts. She allowed just six hits and no walks, while striking out four in seven innings of work.