San Antonio – Malissa Magee tossed her third straight shutout, while the ninth-ranked St. Mary’s University Rattlers smashed three homeruns as the Rattlers swept a doubleheader against Abilene Christian University, 8-0 and 5-1, in non-conference softball action Sunday afternoon at Rattler Field.
Magee (Sr., Katy) allowed just three hits and two walks, while striking out six to improve to 14-2 overall in the Rattlers 8-0 win in game one. All three hits off Magee were infield singles. Only one Wildcat runner advanced to third in the game.
Kelcy Walker (Sr., San Antonio) got the offense going with her third homerun of the season, a solo shot over the leftfield fence for a 1-0 lead in the first inning. One inning later Arlynda Flores (So., Uvalde) smashed a two-run blast to centerfield, giving the Rattlers a 3-0 lead. The Rattlers extended the lead to 5-0 in the fourth inning on a run-scoring single to center by Sarah Cooper (Sr., Houston). Nikki Flores (Jr., Friendswood) smacked an RBI single the next inning to make it 6-0. St. Mary’s completed the run-rule win in the sixth when Walker hit an RBI single and Lauren Miller (Fr., Baytown) ended it with a hard ground ball to third that Nancy Sawyers bobbled, allowing Tedlin Nieto (Jr., Pearsall) to score the eighth run, giving the Rattlers the run-rule win.
In the second game Taryn Munoz (So., Canyon) survived early and late trouble to toss a complete-game win on the mound. Munoz allowed just one run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two to improve to 4-1 this season. After allowing three hits in the first two innings, Munoz settled down and retired the next 11 batters before the Wildcats picked up four hits in the seventh to break up the shutout. However, Munoz held off for the win.
Miller led the offense, smashing her first homerun as a Rattler – a solo shot in the fifth inning. Miller also had a two-run single in a three-run third inning. Sade Moore (Jr., Angleton) went 2-of-2 with an RBI and run scored in the win.
With the wins the Rattlers improved to 18-4 overall and have won their last four in a row. ACU fell to 9-9 overall. St. Mary’s will be off for the next nine days before returning to action on Tuesday, March 4 at Texas A&M University-Kingsville for a doubleheader, starting at 3 p.m.