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Softball Splits Two Games at ACU Tournament

San Antonio – Taryn Munoz tossed four strong innings to pick up her second win of the season, helping ninth-ranked St. Mary’s University to a 3-1 win over Abilene Christian and a split of games on the first day of the CBS Insurance Classic, played Thursday afternoon at Wells Field.

Munoz (So., Bulverde) allowed just one run on four hits and two walks over four innings against Abilene Christian University to improve to 2-0 this season. Malissa Magee (Sr., Katy) came on in relief and retired all nine batters she faced to earn her first save this season. Offensively the Rattlers picked up two runs in the first inning. After Sade Moore (Jr., Angleton) and Mary K Pederson (Sr., Houston) reached on errors Lindsay Barnes (Sr., San Antonio) lined a two-run double to left-center, scoring both runners to give Munoz all the support she would need.

In the first game of the day 11th-ranked Emporia State took a big early lead and then held off a furious seventh inning rally by the Rattlers for a 5-4 win. The Hornets picked up single runs in the third and fifth inning, then added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh to take a 5-0 lead.

However, the Rattlers rallied in the bottom of the inning and nearly stole a win away late. Kelly Baker (Fr., Arlington) singled to lead off and her pinch runner Alyssa Alfaro (Fr., Eagle Pass) scored when Lauren Miller (Fr., Baytown) doubled. Jenna Saucedo (Jr., Elmendorf) followed with a double of her own to score Miller and cut the deficit to 5-2. Nikki Flores (Jr., Friendswood) made it three straight doubles, which brought home pinch runner Elizabeth Joyce (So., San Antonio) to make it a two-run game. Sarah Cooper (Sr., Houston) kept the rally alive with a single to score Flores and the Rattlers were within one run. However, ESU pitcher Samantha Sheeley retired Moore and after a walk to Pederson she struck out Kelcy Walker (Sr., San Antonio) to end the game.

Magee fell to 3-1 with the loss, allowing four earned runs on eight hits and five walks, while striking out eight in the complete game.

With the split the Rattlers are now 5-2 overall this season. Emporia State is 1-0, while ACU is 5-2. The Rattlers will return to action on Friday when they face Cameron University at noon, followed by a game against Northeastern State University at 2 p.m.