San Antonio – The St. Mary’s University softball team looks to build on the momentum of a key series win over St. Edward’s University over the weekend when they travel to San Angelo to face third-ranked Angelo State University in a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m.
The 20th-ranked Rattlers (36-8 overall, 15-1 Heartland Conference) rode the fantastic pitching of Malissa Magee (Sr., Katy) to three wins in their four-game Heartland Conference series against St. Edward’s University on Friday and Saturday. Magee did not allow an earned run in 21 innings in the series, improving to 25-4 this season. She currently ranks second in the nation in wins this season.
St. Mary’s is hitting .326 as a team this season with 58 doubles, 28 homeruns and 265 runs scored in 44 games this season. Sade Moore (Jr., Angleton) leads the way with a .431 batting average, 39 runs scored and 26 stolen bases. Lindsay Barnes (Sr., San Antonio) is hitting .388 with eight doubles, four homeruns and 25 RBI.
After a strong start to the season, the Rambelles have had some recent struggles, dropping three games over the last two weeks. ASU won two of three against Abilene Christian this past weekend in Abilene. As usual the Rambelles have been strong at the plate, hitting .354 with 72 doubles, 25 homeruns and 306 runs scored in 42 games. Kristen Frye is the team leader in batting with a .440 average. San Antonio native Kari Galm is the leader on the mound with a 21-2 record and a 1.34 ERA.
The Rattlers have a 21-15 lead in the all-time series between the teams. However, ASU has won the last seven of the last eight meetings between the teams and won all six meetings last season. Angelo State leads the series 11-8 in San Angelo. The teams split a doubleheader earlier this season in San Antonio, with the Rattlers winning 3-0 behind a shutout pitching performance by Magee, but dropped the second game 10-6.
Tuesday’s doubleheader will be the final meeting of the regular season between the teams. Not only are both teams nationally ranked at this point, but both rank among the top teams in the South Central Region. Angelo State is the top ranked team in the region, while the Rattlers are fourth. Angelo State hosted the 2007 South Central Region Tournament in San Angelo.
Fans can listen live to the game. Broadcast time will be 2:50 p.m.