KINGSVILLE, Texas – Sammy Rivas still hasn’t given up a run and the eighth-ranked Rattlers won again. What else is new?

The red-hot, nationally ranked St. Mary’s baseball team beat Texas A&M-Kingsville 5-3 in a non-conference contest Tuesday, securing its sixth straight win entering the home stretch of its Heartland Conference schedule.

St. Mary’s (35-8 overall) built a 5-0 lead by the fourth inning, and though the Javelinas countered with three runs in the fifth, it wasn’t enough.

St. Mary’s first baseman Tyler Migl (Jr., San Antonio) went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored, while catcher Ryan Morrow (Sr., Bulverde, Texas), centerfielder Billy Richard (So., Schertz, Texas) and designated hitter Greg Herbst (Sr., San Antonio) also drove in one run apiece.

Reliever Kyle Bumpas (Fr., El Paso, Texas) picked up the victory to improve to 5-0 on the year, while senior closer Sammy Rivas (Sr., San Antonio) collected his 10th save of the year with one strikeout and two walks in one inning. Rivas has yet to give up a run – earned or unearned – in 30 innings this season over 22 appearances.

(Note: Rivas should soon be credited an 11th save on the season, pending a statistical correction to be made to a previous game entry.)

St. Mary’s will resume conference play when it hosts St. Edward’s for another “Battle of the Saints” installment on Thursday. Game 1 of a doubleheader is slated to begin at 2 p.m. at V.J. Keefe Memorial Stadium. The Rattlers enter the series leading the second-place Hilltoppers by five games with six remaining.

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