San Antonio – Arlynda Flores and Taryn Munoz held St. Edward’s University to just two runs on nine hits over two games as St. Mary’s University split a doubleheader against the Hilltoppers, 0-2, 3-0, in Heartland Conference softball action Friday night at Rattler Field.

Flores (Jr., Uvalde) was dominant over the first six innings of the game, allowing just four hits and no walks. But the Hilltoppers started the seventh inning with a walk and a single to chase Flores. Munoz (Jr., Bulverde) came in and walked the first batter she faced, Meagan Bailey, to load the bases with no outs. However, Munoz buckled down and struck out Lana Jo Hairston and Stacy Giles for the first two outs of the inning. She then ended the threat by getting Lexi Stephens to line out to Sade Moore (Sr., Angleton) to end the game.

With the win Flores improved to 8-10 this season, while Munoz picked up her first win of the season. Nikki Flores (Sr., Friendswood) singled home a run and a second run scored on an error to give the Rattlers all the offense they would need in the game.

In the first game of the day, Paige Sandahl and Munoz dueled it out for seven innings before the Hilltoppers finally got to Munoz in the eighth. Munoz retired the first 20 batters of the game before Lisa Paul reached on an error with two outs in the seventh inning. In the eighth inning she retired the first batter before the Hilltoppers picked up four straight hits, including a two-run double by Stephens to score the only two runs of the game. Sandahl picked up the win, allowing just one hit over eight innings.

With the split St. Mary’s is now 19-22 overall and 11-3 in Heartland Conference play. St. Edward’s is 23-16, 12-2. The teams will wrap up their four-game series on Saturday with a doubleheader in Austin, starting at 1 p.m.

St. Edward’s 2, St. Mary’s 0 (Mar 27, 2009 at San Antonio, Texas) (Game 1)

Weather: 70’s, Wind 30 mph

St. Mary’s 3, St. Edward’s 0 (Mar 27, 2009 at San Antonio, Texas) (Game 2)
Weather: 50’s, 30 mph Wind
A. Flores faced 2 batters in the 7th.

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