San Antonio – And with that, St. Mary’s baseball coach Charlie Migl moved one step closer to career win No. 1,000.
OK, so he still has 99 to go after Tuesday’s victory, but he and the Rattlers got off to a good start toward that next milestone by scoring nine unanswered runs to erase an early four-run hole in a 9-5 pounding of Texas A&M-Kingsville.
“This team is confident,” said star catcher Ryan Morrow of his Rattlers, who earlier this week moved to No. 11 in one national poll and held at 13 in another. “We know we have a chance come back with the lineup we have. We can always battle out of a count.”
A wild fourth inning saw St. Mary’s (22-6 overall) turn a 4-0 deficit into a 4-4 deadlock, and the Rattlers then stepped on the gas to bury the Javelinas with a five-run seventh at V.J. Keefe Memorial Stadium.
Second baseman Weston Baros (Sr., San Antonio) went 1 for 2 with three RBIs, and shortstop Esteban Raygoza (Jr., San Antonio) added two RBIs.
Morrow (Sr., Bulverde, Texas) scored twice and drove in a run on a 1-for-4 night, while Tyler Migl (Jr., San Antonio) also scored twice on a 1-for-3 evening.
Reliever Grant Harrelson (Sr., San Antonio) picked up his first victory of the season, striking out five without allowing any runs over 4.1 innings.
A&M-Kingsville came unraveled after jumping to the quick lead.
The Javelinas walked Morrow and Migl to start the fourth, turning the tide in the Rattlers’ favor.
Jason Garcia (Sr., Falfurrias, Texas) singled to left field to drive in St. Mary’s first run, while Baros then drew a walk with the bases loaded to bring in another. Raygoza then punched a single up the middle for a 2-RBI single that tied the game.
Reagan Moczygemba (Sr., Bulverde, Texas) drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh, singling to second base to drive in Josh McElroy (Jr., Helotes, Texas), and four more runs would follow.
St. Mary’s, already ranked 11th and 13th nationally and atop the Heartland Conference with a 13-2 mark, now has its eyes set on even more.
“I want to be top 10 (in the country),” Morrow said. “It’s been a while since we’ve been in the top 10.”