AUSTIN–Malissa Magee tossed back-to-back shutouts, helping 20th-ranked St. Mary’s to a sweep of St. Edward’s University and into first place in the Heartland Conference in softball Saturday afternoon at Diane Daniels Field.

Magee (Sr., Katy) was in top form Saturday. The Rattlers all-time leader in wins showed why she has been named All-American two of the last three years.

In the first game she held the Hilltoppers hitless for the first 5 2/3 innings before Lisa Paul had a base hit to break up the no-no. Magee settled down and retired the last four in a row to complete the one-hit shutout.

For six innings Robin Becker matched Magee, holding the Rattlers scoreless. However, Lindsay Barnes (Sr., San Antonio) led off the seventh with a double to left-center. Kelly Baker (Fr., Arlington) then brought home the lone run of the game on a single to right.

In the second game of the day Magee held the Hilltoppers hitless again for over five innings, before Jamie Zilverberg singled with one out in the sixth inning. However, that was all SEU would get besides a pair of walks in the game. Only one Hilltopper advanced past second base in the game.

The Rattlers broke the scoreless tie in the fifth inning. Lauren Miller (Fr., Baytown) singled up the middle to lead off and moved to second when Kelcy Walker (Sr., San Antonio) reached on an error. A sacrifice bunt by Nikki Flores (Jr., San Antonio) moved the runners up to second and third and a wild pitch by Diana Cezeaux allowed Miller to score the lone run of the game.

With the wins Magee improved to 26-4 overall this season. She now has 12 shutouts this season and three in the last two days. Cezeaux was the tough-luck loser of game two, allowing just one unearned run on two hits. She is now 12-7 this season.

With the sweep the Rattlers take over sole possession of first place in the Heartland Conference with a 36-8 overall record and 15-1 record. St. Edward’s is now 31-11 and 15-3. The Rattlers will return to action on Tuesday when they travel to San Angelo to face 3rd-ranked Angelo State University in a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.

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