WICHITA, Kan. – Malissa Magee allowed just one hit in seven innings to pick up the win in game one and Brittany Kettinger tossed a two-hit shutout in game two as 17th-ranked St. Mary’s University rolled to a 5-0, 7-0, sweep of Newman University in Heartland Conference softball action Saturday at Jet Field.
Magee (Sr., Katy) improved to 32-5 overall with the win, and picked up her sixth one-hitter of the season. She allowed just a Kelie Ramirez single with one out in the fifth inning. Magee responded by striking out seven of the last eight batters in the game to finish the Jets. Magee struck out a season-high 12 batters in the game and allowed just one walk. She is now just three wins away from the school record for wins in a single season, 35, held by Kym Kling.
St. Mary’s gave Magee all the help she would need in the third inning. Sarah Cooper (Sr., Houston) led off with a bunt single and Sade Moore (Jr., Angleton) followed with a single to left. One out later Arlynda Flores (So., Uvalde) singled to bring home Cooper. Lindsay Barnes (Sr., San Antonio) then made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly to score Moore. Kelcy Walker (Sr., San Antonio) wrapped up the inning with her eighth homerun of the season.
Kettinger (Sr., Azle) was also nearly unhittable, winning her second straight game. She allowed just two hits, while striking out four and walking none in the complete game shuout – her second this season. Kettinger improved to 3-1 with the win.
The Rattlers again took the early lead with Cooper smacking a two-run single in the second inning that scored Nikki Flores (Jr., Friendswood) and Walker. Lia Provence (Fr., Bastrop) and Walker brought home runs the next inning to make it 4-0. Flores smacked a two-run double in the fourth inning to give the Rattlers a 6-0 lead and Kelly Zamora (Fr., San Antonio) brought home the final run of the game with a single in the sixth.
With the sweep St. Mary’s is now 47-9 overall and 23-1 in Heartland Conference play this season. The Rattlers have won 11 in a row and 19 of its last 21. St. Mary’s will return to action on Friday when they travel across town to face the University of the Incarnate Word in the final series of the season. Friday’s doubleheader will start at 5 p.m.