San Antonio – The University of the Incarnate Word rallied in the seventh inning in back-to-back games to sweep a Heartland Conference softball doubleheader against St. Mary’s University, 7-6, 9-7, at Rattler Field Friday afternoon.

In the second game the Rattlers took 7-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. UIW responded with five runs on four hits and two walks to take a 9-7 lead. Kelly Baker (So., Arlington) led the Rattler effort in game two, going 3-of-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Lia Provence (So., Bastop) and Arlynda Flores (Jr., Uvalde) both had two hits for St. Mary’s.

In the first game of the day the Rattlers took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two-run double by Jenna Saucedo (Sr., Elmendorf). UIW rallied to take the lead in the fifth inning with five runs. However, the Rattlers came back in the bottom of the inning with four runs to take a 6-5 lead. Flores highlighted the inning with a two-run double to left. UIW rallied again when Lea Padilla smacked a two-run homerun that gave the Cardinals the lead for good at 7-6.

With the losses the Rattlers are now 28-30 overall and 19-7 in Heartland Conference play. UIW is 26-29, 19-7. The two teams will wrap up their four-game series with a doubleheader at Incarnate Word on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Incarnate Word 7, St. Mary’s 6 (Apr 24, 2009 at San Antonio, TX) (Game 1)
Incarnate Word…… 000 050 2 –  7  9  1      (25-29, 18-7)
St. Mary’s (Texas).. 020 040 0 –  6  9  4      (28-29, 19-6)
Pitchers: Incarnate Word – Sparks,A. and Sarah Holub. St. Mary’s (Texas) – Taryn Munoz; Arlynda Flores(1) and Kelly Baker.
Win-Sparks,A(14-9)  Loss-Arlynda Flores(12-12)  T-2:01  A-275
HR UIW – Carraman,A; Padilla,Lea. 

Incarnate Word 9, St. Mary’s 7 (Apr 24, 2009 at San Antonio, TX) (Game 2)
Incarnate Word…… 300 010 5 –  9 10  3      (26-29, 19-7)
St. Mary’s (Texas).. 300 202 0 –  7 12  0      (28-30, 19-7)
Pitchers: Incarnate Word – Padilla,Lea; Gonzales,J(6); Sparks,A(7) and Sarah Holub. St. Mary’s (Texas) – Taryn Munoz; Michelle Soto(7) and Kelly Baker.
Win-Gonzales,J(2-2)  Save-Sparks,A(4)  Loss-Taryn Munoz(15-16)  T-2:26  A-350
HR UIW – Muskopf,C; Hinojosa,A; Padilla,Lea.

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