San Antonio – St. Mary’s University baseball player Tommy Vrzal was named Heartland Conference pitcher of the week for his play against Oklahoma Panhandle State University, it was announced by the league office Wednesday.
Vrzal (Sr., San Antonio) saved the best performance of his Rattler career for his final home start as a Rattler. Vrzal tossed his first career no-hitter against Oklahoma Panhandle State on Saturday, allowing just three walks, while striking out nine against the Aggies.
With the performance he lowered his ERA to 2.95. He is 8-1 in 13 appearances, including 12 starts and four complete games and one shutout. He has allowed 24 earned runs in 73.1 innings of work. He has walked 47 and struck out a team-high 73 this season. Opposing batters are hitting just .192 against him.
For Vrzal, it was the second time this season he has been named Heartland Conference Pitcher of the Week this season. Offensively Ray Camacho (Sr., Converse) has been named Hitter of the Week three times, while Cody Pyle (Sr., Spring Branch) and Ricky Gonzalez (Jr., Houston) have each earned the honor once.
Vrzal and the Rattlers are 34-16 overall and 26-10 in the Heartland Conference. St. Mary’s remains alive for the HC title, but are three games back of league-leading St. Edward’s heading into the final weekend of play. The Rattlers will travel to Jefferson City, Mo., to face Lincoln University in a four-game series, beginning on Friday at noon.