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Cisneros Strikes Again, Baseball Sweeps UTPB

San Antonio – Jonathon Cisneros smacked two homeruns and had four extra base hits to back up the strong starting pitching of Brandon Key and Tyler Cales as St. Mary’s University swept a doubleheader from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, 9-6, 9-1, in Heartland Conference baseball action Saturday afternoon at V.J. Keefe Memorial Stadium.

Cisneros (So., San Antonio) was a perfect 3-of-3 with a double, two homeruns and four runs driven in as the Rattlers rolled to the win in game two. He smacked a solo homerun in the second inning, then added a two-run shot in the fifth inning. He wrapped up the perfect game with an RBI double in the sixth inning. Cisneros’ hitting helped Tyler Cales (Jr., San Antonio) earn his first win as a Rattler. Cales allowed one run on three hits and six walks, while striking out seven in six innings of work. Michael Brzezinski (Jr., Helotes) went 3-of-4 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored.

In the first game the Rattlers built up a big lead in the middle innings, then held off a strong late inning rally by UTPB for the win. In the fourth inning Jonathon Rosfeld (Fr., San Antonio) doubled home a run and Danny Cantu (Jr., Laredo) followed with a single to score Rosfeld, giving the Rattlers a 4-0 lead. They increased that advantage the following inning when Rosfeld smacked a two-run triple to give the Rattlers a 9-1 edge.

Key (So., Katy) allowed just one run on four hits and seven walks, while striking out five. But Michael Villarreal (Jr., Eagle Pass) picked up the win in relief, allowing one earned run on two hits and one walk, while striking out three to improve to 2-1. Frank Flores (Sr., San Antonio) picked up his second save of the season, retiring the only two batters he faced.

Rosfeld went 3-of-4 with two doubles, a triple, three RBI and two runs scored in game one. Cantu was 2-of-4 with an RBI.

With the sweep of UTPB, the Rattlers have now won eight straight games and are 8-1 overall, 7-0 in Heartland Conference play. UTPB fell to 6-6, 2-6. The Rattlers will continue their 13-game homestand to start the season when they host Abilene Christian on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at V.J. Keefe Memorial Stadium in a non-conference matchup.

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