San Antonio – Malissa Magee tossed a five-hit shutout as ninth-ranked St. Mary’s University split a doubleheader, 3-0, 6-10, against fifth-ranked Angelo State University in non-conference softball action Friday afternoon at Rattler Field.

Magee (Sr., Katy) had to battle through two bases-loaded situations in the first three innings, but settled down and picked up the win. In the second inning ASU loaded the bases thanks to two errors and a walk with one out, but Magee struck out the side to end the threat. The next inning the Rambelles picked up two infield singles and a hit batsman to load the bases with two outs. But again Magee was up to the task, retiring Alix Dean to end the inning.

The Rattler offense then woke up and took the lead in the bottom of the inning. Arylnda Flores (So., Ulvalde) doubled to lead off and one out later moved to third on an infield single by Sade Moore (Jr., Angleton). But the throw to first base was dropped by Brittany Cargill and Flores came home to make it a 1-0 game. The Rattlers scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to increase their advantage.

That left it up to Magee, who allowed just three baserunners the rest of the game for the win. She improved to 11-3 this season with the win, allowing just five hits and one walk, while striking out eight. The shutout was her third of the season. Kari Galm fell to 6-1 with the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk.

In the second game the Rambelles scored six first inning runs and never lost the lead in a 10-6 win. Mary K Pederson (Sr., Houston) went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Kelcy Walker (Sr., San Antonio) and Nikki Flores (Jr., Friendswood) each had two hits for the Rattlers.

With the split the Rattlers are now 14-4 overall, while Angelo State is 12-3. St. Mary’s will return to action on Saturday when they host Saginaw Valley State University in a doubleheader at Rattler Field, starting at noon.

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