San Antonio – Grant Harrelson picked up the win in his first collegiate appearance on the mound, while Weston Baros hit the tie-breaking single in the eighth inning, as St. Mary’s University rallied to defeat Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Heartland Conference baseball action Tuesday afternoon at V.J. Keefe Memorial Stadium.
Harrelson (Jr., San Antonio) came on in relief of starter Alfonso Maldonado (Sr., Laredo, Texas) in the sixth inning and tossed 4 scoreless innings to pick up the victory. Harrelson has played with the Rattlers the last two seasons as an outfielder, but had never pitched for St. Mary’s prior to Tuesday. Harrelson allowed just 1 hit and hit 1 batter in his 4 innings. Maldonado started the game and allowed just 2 unearned runs on 4 hits in 5 innings.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Rattlers tied things in the bottom of the third. Tyler Migl (So., San Antonio) walked, Greg Herbst (Jr., San Antonio) singled and Josh McElroy (So., San Antonio) walked to load the bases with no outs. James Hipp (Sr., Uvalde, Texas) brought home Migl with a ground out to second. Reagan Moczygemba (Jr., Bulverde, Texas) then tied the game with a ground out to shortstop.
The two teams traded goose-eggs for the next four innings before the Rattlers finally took the lead in the eighth inning. With one out, Jason Garcia (Jr. Falfurrias, Texas) singled through the left side of the infield. Jonathon Cisneros (Sr., San Antonio) reached on a fielder’s choice and Baros (Jr., San Antonio) singled to bring home Garcia. Migl padded the Rattler lead with a single to left, scoring Cisneros for the final margin.
Swenton Martina was the tough-luck loser for the Aggies, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks in 7 1/3 innings of work. He threw 138 pitches in the game.
With the win, St. Mary’s improved to 2-1 overall and 2-1 in Heartland Conference play this season. OPSU fell to 1-2 overall and 1-2 in the Heartland Conference. The Rattlers will return to action this Saturday, when they host preseason Heartland Conference favorite the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in a four-game series. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. at V.J. Keefe Memorial Stadium, then wrap up their series on Sunday with a doubleheader starting at noon.
St. Mary’s 4, Okla. Panhandle St. 2 (Feb 02, 2010 at San Antonio, TX)