Fort Smith, Ark. – Freshman Carl O’Neal tossed six shutout innings in his first collegiate start, helping St. Mary’s University to a 4-1 victory over the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith in Heartland Conference baseball action Wednesday afternoon at Crowder Field.

O’Neal (Fr., San Antonio), pitching in just his second game as a Rattler and his first start, went six innings, allowing 5 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 6 to improve to 1-0. O’Neal was in command throughout, allowing just one Lion to reach third base in the contest. Roman Gomez (Fr., Alice, Texas) and Jacob Worsham (Jr., Magnolia, Texas) pitched the last three innings to secure the victory.

St. Mary’s took the lead in the second inning. Weston Baros (Jr., San Antonio) doubled to lead off and moved to third on a ground out by Reagan Moczygemba (Jr., Bulverde, Texas). Esteban Raygova (So., San Antonio) brought home the run on a ground out, making the score 1-0. One inning later, the Rattlers increased their lead. James Hipp (Sr., Uvalde, Texas) doubled to lead off and Baros brought him home on a sacrifice fly, making the score 2-0. One inning later, Hipp doubled to score Tyler Migl (So., San Antonio), giving the Rattlers a 3-0 lead.

With the victory St. Mary’s improved to 11-6 overall this season and has won three straight games. UAFS fell to 3-9. The Rattlers will return to action on Friday when they travel to Jefferson City, Mo., to face Lincoln University in a doubleheader, starting at noon.

St. Mary’s (Texas) 4, UA Fort Smith 1 (Mar 03 2010 at Fort Smith, Ark.)
St. Mary’s (Texas).. 011 101 000  –  4 10  2
UA Fort Smith……. 000 000 001  –  1  6  3      (3-9)
Pitchers: St. Mary’s (Texas) – Carl O’Neal; Roman Gomez(7); Jacob Worsham(9). UA Fort Smith – Z. Garling; K. Thompson(5); J. Waddle(8).
Win-Carl O’Neal  Loss-Z. Garling  T-2:28  A-48

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