San Antonio – Braxton Watson and Scott Shimek each posted strong starts on the mound, while Jonathon Cisneros and Jonathon Rosfeld led the offense as 24th-ranked St. Mary’s University swept a doubleheader from Texas A&M International University, 7-1, 7-2, in Heartland Conference baseball action Friday afternoon at V.J. Keefe Memorial Stadium.
Watson (Jr., Spring) improved to 5-2 on the season, allowing just one run on four hits and four walks, while striking out five in the complete game victory. Watson took a shutout into the seventh inning, before Blaine Monteau’s two-out single broke up the shutout. However, Watson buckled down and retired Rey Alvarez to end the threat and the game.
Rosfeld (Fr., San Antonio) put the Rattlers up in the second inning with a two-run single to center that scored Ryan Morrow (Fr., Bulverde) and Collin Stock (Fr., Klamath Fall, Ore.). The next inning David Vaio (Jr., San Antonio) smacked a run-scoring double and Corey Thompson (So., San Antonio) followed with a single to help the Rattlers to a 5-0 lead. Vaio smacked his third homerun of the season and Rosfeld hit an RBI single to give the Rattlers their final margin.
In the second game, Shimek (Jr., Shiner) again kept the Dustdevil offense in check, allowing just two runs on seven hits, while striking out nine in seven innings. He improved to 5-0 with the win. Michael Villarreal (Jr., Eagle Pass) tossed two scoreless innings to complete the win.
Cisneros (So., San Antonio) went 4-of-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. With his performance in the doubleheader Cisneros raised his season batting average to .456 for the season. Rosfeld had his second straight multiple-hit game, going 2-of-4, including his second homerun of the season, with two RBI and three runs scored.
Cisneros put the Rattlers up 1-0 in the first inning with a double that scored Rosfeld. Two innings later Cisneros and Vaio had RBI singles to put the Rattlers up 4-0. Rosfeld smashed his homerun one inning later to make the score 5-0 and the Rattlers cruised from there.
With the wins St. Mary’s is now 20-7 overall and 17-4 in Heartland Conference play. TAMIU fell to 10-19, 9-15. The teams will wrap up their three-game series on Saturday at noon with the final game.