San Antonio – Brittany Kettinger picked up her second win of the season, while Sade Moore and Lindsay Barnes each picked up four hits, helping St. Mary’s rally for an 8-4 win in game two and a sweep of Texas A&M-International University in Heartland Conference softball action Sunday afternoon at Rattler Field.
Kettinger (Sr., Azle) came on in relief of Taryn Munoz (So., Bulverde) in the top of the fourth inning with the Rattlers trailing 4-1. Kettinger, who has seen limited action this season, responded by tossing four shutout innings. She allowed just one walk and one hit, while striking out four. She improved to 2-1 with the win. Her performance on the mound allowed the Rattler offense an opportunity to rally.
After leaving seven runner stranded over the first three innings, the Rattler offense finally broke through in the fourth inning. With one out, Moore (Jr., Angleton) reached on an infield single, Mary K Pederson (Sr., Houston) and Arlynda Flores (So., Uvalde) each followed walks to load the bases. That brought up Barnes (Sr., San Antonio), who smacked a single to left-center, scoring two runs. One batter later Lauren Miller (Fr., Baytown) tied the game up with a single to score Flores.
Two innings later the Rattlers would take the lead for good. Barnes led off with a single and one out later Miller moved pinch-runner Heather Monroe (So., New Braunfels) to second with a sacrifice. Kelcy Walker (Sr., San Antonio) hit the tie-breaking single to right that scored Monroe. Moore and Pederson added run-scoring hits to give the Rattlers a cushion and Kettinger took care of the rest.
As a team the Rattlers pounded out 16 hits in the game with Moore and Barnes picking up four each. Pederson, Miller and Walker each had two hits in the game.
In game one, Malissa Magee (Sr., Katy) picked up her 29th win of the season, allowing just one earned run on four hits and a walk, while striking out nine in the complete game. Walker led the offensive charge, smashing her team-high seventh homerun of the season and picking up three base hits in the game. Flores went 2-of-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
With the sweep St. Mary’s improved to 43-9 overall and 19-1 in Heartland Conference play this season. The Rattlers have now won seven straight games and 19 of 22. TAMIU fell to 12-28, 8-12. St. Mary’s will return to action on Friday when they travel to Wichita, Kan., to face Newman University in a doubleheader starting at 5:30 p.m.