San Antonio – Arlynda Flores smacked two homeruns at the plate and picked up her fifth win of the season on the mound in game one, while Taryn Munoz tossed a four-hit shutout in game two, helping St. Mary’s to a doubleheader sweep of Truman State University, 10-2, 3-0, in non-conference softball action Tuesday afternoon at Rattler Field.
Flores (Jr., Uvalde) smacked her eighth and ninth homeruns of the season, drove home two runs and scored four runs for the Rattlers. She drew four walks in the doubleheader as well. On the mound in game one she allowed just two runs on five hits and one walk to improve to 5-6 this season.
Chelsea Wenske (So., Shiner) got the Rattler offense going in the first inning, smashing a three-run homerun to give the Rattlers a 3-1 lead. The following inning Lia Provence (So., Bastrop) hit a two-out, two-run single to right, giving the Rattlers a 5-1 lead. Flores led off the third inning with a solo homerun to chase starting pitcher Stephanie Johnson of TSU. Flores added her second homerun in the fourth inning. Jenna Saucedo (Sr., Elmendorf) ended the first game with a single to center that scored Flores with the winning run. The Rattlers pounded out 14 hits in the game, with Sade Moore (Sr., Angleton) going 2-for-4 and Nikki Flores (Sr., Friendswood) going 3-for-3.
In the second game, Munoz (Jr., Bulverde) was nearly flawless, allowing just four hits and two walks in a complete game shutout. She improved to 6-7 with the win. She was matched by TSU starter Ashley Rotkvich for three innings, but the Rattlers slowed started chip away at the Bulldog hurler and took the lead in the fourth. Moore smacked a single to right with two outs, scoring Heather Monroe (Jr., New Braunfels) to give the Rattlers the 1-0 lead. An inning later Lauren Miller (So., Baytown), who went 3-for-3 in the game, hit a two-run single to score both Saucedo and Wenske, making the score 3-0.
With the sweep the Rattlers have now won six straight games and are 12-15 overall this season. Truman State fell to 3-9 with the losses. St. Mary’s will return to action on Friday when they host Oklahoma Panhandle State University in a Heartland Conference doubleheader starting at noon at Rattler Field.