GOODWELL, Okla. – Three days after Maricela Bissaro tossed a no-hitter, St. Mary’s ace Emily Brittain nearly made it back-to-back no-no’s for the Lady Rattlers on Friday.
Brittain’s one-hitter helped St. Mary’s run-rule Oklahoma Panhandle State 9-0 in six innings, hours before Bissaro pitched a 4-2 victory to complete the day’s sweep.
The teams will wrap up the three-game series at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Beyond more proof that St. Mary’s has one of the region’s top young 1-2 tandems in the circle, the victories helped the Rattlers (26-14, 8-1 in Heartland Conference) remain within sniffing distance of first place in the conference.
St. Mary’s entered the week trailing St. Edward’s and Texas A&M in the loss column, with each carrying 6-0 marks.
Those two teams will battle it out over a three-game series that will run Saturday Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½Sunday.
Brittain, a freshman from Corpus Christi, Texas, who this week was named the Heartland Conference Pitcher of the Week for the fourth straight time, allowed just one hit (a single in the fourth inning). Brittain struck out three and didn’t allow any walks.
First baseman Jared Gonzalez (So., San Antonio) and catcher Kelly Baker (Sr., Arlington, Texas) led St. Mary’s with two RBIs apiece, while designated player Alex Garcia (So., San Antonio), shortstop Richelle Morales (Jr., San Antonio) and right fielder Shelly Lee (So., San Antonio) all added RBIs.
Baker went 2 for 3 in the game, while Garcia also enjoyed a multi-hit afternoon with a 2-for-4 showing.
In Game 2, St. Mary’s took a 4-0 lead in the third inning and never looked back. OPSU scattered runs in the third and sixth innings, but it wasn’t near enough.
Gonzalez went 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs in the game, while Garcia also drove in a run on a 1-for-3 outing.