San Antonio – Scott Shimek and Braxton Watson each picked up wins as 15th-ranked St. Mary’s University swept a doubleheader against St. Edward’s University, 3-0, 5-2, in Heartland Conference baseball action Friday afternoon at V.J. Keefe Memorial Stadium.
In the second game the Rattlers fell behind 2-0 after the top of the second inning. An error and a balk helped the Hilltoppers score two runs on just one hit over the first two innings. The Rattlers rallied in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs and Colin Stock (So., Klamath Falls, Ore.) on first base, Ryan Morrow (So., Bulverde) walked. That brought up Tyler Migl (Fr., San Antonio), who doubled to left-center, scoring Stock. The big blow came with the next batter, Billy Richard (Fr., Schertz), who hit a hard grounder that went under the glove of Jeremy Houser. That allowed Morrow to score, tying the score at 2-2. Michael Brzezinski (Sr., Helotes), Reagan Moczygemba (So., Bulverde) and Jonathon Cisneros (Jr., San Antonio) smacked RBI singles to put the Ratters up 5-2.
From there Shimek (Sr., Shiner) worked his way in and out of trouble over the next five innings, but didn’t allow another run. He allowed one earned run on five hits and three walks, while striking out three. He remained undefeated this season at 3-0 with the victory and picked up his second straight complete game.
Watson (Sr., Spring) picked up the win in the first game despite having to work his way out of trouble in nearly every inning. He allowing seven hits and two walks, but two double plays and some key strikeouts helped him even his record at 1-1 on the season.
The Rattlers gave Watson all the support he would need in the second inning. Migl and Brzezinski hit RBI singles in the inning to give the Rattlers a 2-0 lead. St. Edward’s left 11 runners on base in the game and looked to finally have broken through in the sixth inning. The Hilltoppers put runners on first and second with one out against Watson. Coach Charlie Migl went to the bullpen for Jonathon Perez (Fr., San Antonio), who was appearing in just his second game as a Rattler. On the first pitch he coaxed a ground ball double play from Drew Cross. He then retired all three batters in the seventh to pick up his first save as a Rattler.
With the sweep the Rattlers improved to 9-3 overall and 7-3 in Heartland Conference play this season. The Hilltoppers fell to 6-6, 5-4. The two teams will wrap up their four-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday at 2 p.m. at V.J. Keefe Memorial Stadium.