San Antonio – St. Mary’s University baseball player Danny Cantu was named Heartland Conference Hitter of the Week on Tuesday for his play last week against Oklahoma Panhandle State University, it was announced by the conference office.

Cantu (Jr., Laredo) helped lead the Rattlers to a four-game sweep of Oklahoma Panhandle State, hitting .500 with four doubles, a homerun, five RBI and four runs scored. Cantu had hits in all four games, including two games with multiple base knocks. He went 2-of-3 in the series opener with two RBI and a run scored and followed that up by going 3-of-5 with three doubles, an RBI and a run scored. The three doubles in a single game tied the school record. He smashed his second homerun of the season in the first game Saturday and scored a pair of runs. For the season he is batting .357 with 10 doubles, two homeruns, 38 RBI and 31 runs scored.

The honor marked the seventh time this season that a Rattler has been named Heartland Conference Player of the Week. Jonathon Cisneros (So., San Antonio), Jonathon Rosfeld (Fr., San Antonio) and David Vaio (Jr., San Antonio) have been named Heartland Conference Hitter of the Week previously, while Scott Shimek (Jr., Shiner), Tyler Cales (Jr., San Antonio) and Braxton Watson (Jr., Spring) have been named Heartland Pitcher of the Week this season.

St. Mary’s is 24-8 overall and 21-5 in Heartland Conference play this season. They will return to action tonight against Texas A&M University-Kingsville at V.J. Keefe Memorial Stadium at 6 p.m. The Rattlers will then hit the road for a three-game series at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin on Friday and Saturday.

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