San Antonio – The St. Mary’s baseball team wasn’t about to complain about its two victories Friday, but truth be told the Rattlers did leave V.J. Keefe Memorial Stadium wanting more.
Specifically, more offensive production.
Will 17 runs do?
Led by a 13-run third inning that saw second baseman Weston Baros hit a rare grand slam in his second at-bat of the frame, the Rattlers pounded Oklahoma Panhandle State 17-1 at V.J. Keefe Memorial Stadium.
Baros (Sr., San Antonio) went 2 for 3 with four RBIs and two runs scored, while shortstop Esteban Raygoza went 1 for 4 with three RBIs and a run scored in his return to the diamond from injury.
Designated hitter Josh McElroy (Jr., Helotes, Texas) added two RBIs, while outfielder Derek Moczygemba (So., Bulverde, Texas) and first baseman Greg Herbst (Sr., San Antonio) also drove in multiple runs.
Perhaps most impressive of all was the gem Carl O’Neal (So., San Antonio) pitched. Lasting six innings, O’Neal allowed just one hit and one earned run while striking out six to earn the victory.
The game was stopped after seven innings due to the run rule.
The red-hot Rattlers have won eight straight, improving to 12-3 overall and a Heartland Conference-leading 8-0 in league play.
St. Mary’s will return to the diamond when it hosts Abilene Christian at 4 p.m. Tuesday.