San Antonio – Scott Shimek tossed a three-hit shutout to lead St. Mary’s University to a split of their doubleheader against the University of the Incarnate Word, 6-9, 9-0, in Heartland Conference baseball action Friday night at V.J. Keefe Memorial Stadium.

Shimek (Jr., Shiner) allowed just three hits and two walks, while striking out four in his complete game. He improved to 10-0 this season with three complete games and one shutout this season. No Cardinal advanced past second base in the game. The shutout was the first this season against Incarnate Word.

The Rattlers took the early lead, with Bobby Freeman (Sr., Fair Oaks Ranch), Reagan Moczygemba (Fr., Bulverde) each smacking RBI singles to give the Rattlers a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Jonathon Cisneros (So., San Antonio) gave the Rattlers a 4-0 lead with a single to right in the fourth inning. St. Mary’s pulled away late for the 9-0 lead with two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Moczygemba led the way offensively with four hits and three runs batted in. Freeman went 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI.

In the first game of the day Incarnate Word took an early 6-1 lead before the Rattlers rallied in the late innings. Michael Brzezinski (Jr., Helotes) singled to lead off in the sixth inning and Cisneros reached on an error. Two outs later Ryan Morrow (Fr., Bulverde) singled to bring home Brzezinski. Derek Gonzalez (So., San Antonio) walked to load the bases. That brought up Freeman, who cleared the bases with a double to pull the Rattlers to within one run at 6-5. The next inning Cisneros tied the game at six with a single to right, which scored Corey Thompson (So., San Antonio). That sent the game into extra innings, but Chad Gregson’s two-run double gave the Cardinals the lead for good and they went on to win 9-6.

St. Mary’s is now 31-15 overall and 27-12 in Heartland Conference play with the split, while Incarnate Word is now 34-12 and 30-10. The Rattlers will wrap up their series against Incarnate Word on Saturday with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

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