San Antonio – Jonathon Cisneros had four hits, including his first homerun of the season, helping 12th-ranked St. Mary’s University defeated Newman University, 8-7, in Heartland Conference baseball action Friday at McCarthy Field.

Cisneros (Jr., San Antonio) had hits in each of his first four at-bats, including two doubles and his first homerun of the season, a solo shot in the third inning. He drove in three runs and scored two more. The four-hit game was the first of the season for Cisneros. Reagan Moczygemba (So., Bulverde) had three hits and scored three runs.

The Rattlers built up a 4-1 lead over the first three innings, thanks in part to the pitching of Scott Shimek (Sr., Shiner). However, the Jets scored five runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-4 lead. Rattlers rallied in the top of the fifth for two runs to tie the game at 6-6, then scored two more in the sixth to take a lead they would never relinquish.

Shimek improved to 4-0 this season, allowing five earned runs on nine hits and walks, while striking out four. Jonathon Perez (Fr., San Antonio) picked up his second collegiate save, retiring the last batter in the ninth inning. Kevin Amos took the loss for Newman, allowing two runs on five hits.

With the win the Rattlers improved to 12-4 overall and 10-3 in Heartland Conference play. Newman fell to 6-7, 6-6. The teams will wrap up their three-game series on Saturday with a doubleheader starting at noon.

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