LAREDO – Braxton Watson allowed just one earned run to earn his ninth win of the season, helping St. Mary’s University to a split of a Heartland Conference baseball doubleheader, 10-2, 4-5, at Veterans Stadium Friday afternoon.
Watson (Jr., Spring) took a shutout into the bottom of the seventh inning, before settling for the complete game win. He allowed just two runs – one earned – on six hits and four walks, while striking out nine. He improved to 9-4 this season with the win.
The Rattlers backed him up with four runs in the first inning and took a 10-0 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. Jonathon Rosfeld (Fr., San Antonio), Collin Stock (Fr., Klamath Falls, Ore.) and Bobby Freeman (Sr., Fair Oaks Ranch) all smacked homeruns in the victory. St. Mary’s totaled 14 hits in the game, with Rosfeld, Reagan Moczygemba (Fr., Bulverde), Michael Brzezinski (Jr., Helotes) and Stock all posted at least two hits in the game.
In the second game of the day Scott Shimek (Jr., Shiner) suffered his first loss of the season, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six. He fell to 11-1 with the loss.
The Rattlers fell behind 3-0 heading into the top of the fifth inning when they rallied. Jonathon Cisneros (So., San Antonio) started the rally with his 14th home run of the season, cutting the deficit to 3-1. Danny Cantu (Jr., Laredo) reached on a bunt single. One out later, Ryan Morrow (Fr., Bulverde) singled to right, putting runners on the corners. Daniel Soto (So., Lytle) singled home Cantu to pull the Rattlers within one at 3-2 and Freeman followed with the game tying single. Rosfeld then put the Rattlers ahead with a single to left to make it 4-3 St. Mary’s.
However, that was all that the Rattlers could muster and TAMIU rallied in the bottom of the inning. Danny Cornejo, who drove home three runs in the game, had the game-winning single in the sixth that gave the Dustdevils the lead for good at 5-4.
With the split the Rattlers are now 37-17 overall and 33-14 in Heartland Conference play this season. TAMIU is 19-37, 17-32. The teams will wrap up the 2008 regular season with a doubleheader on Saturday, starting at noon.