KINGSVILLE, Texas – Stymied at the plate, St. Mary’s dropped two road games against Texas A&M Kingsville on Tuesday, falling 2-0 and 7-2.

Starting pitcher Emily Brittain (Fr., Corpus Christi, Texas) struck out eight in the first game, but it wasn’t enough with the Lady Rattlers’ bats getting blanked.

St. Mary’s, now 9-8 on the season, totaled just two hits after entering the game riding the momentum of a 8-2 victory over A&M Kingsville the last time they played.

First baseman Heather Haas (So., Shiner, Texas) and outfielder Alex Garcia (So., San Antonio) recorded the Rattlers’ two hits in the game, with both players singling once to left field.

In Game 2, St. Mary’s offense fared better early on, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the second inning to even the score at 2-2. But the Javelinas struck with three runs in the bottom of the second and tacked on two more in the next frame.

Haas, who pitched in Game 2, was credited with her first loss of the season after entering with a sparkling 4-0 mark.

Outfielder Katie Nichols (So., San Marcos) went 3 for 4 at the plate in the game, while shortstop Richelle Morales drove in both of the Rattlers’ runs on a two-run home run to centerfield in the second.

St. Mary’s will return to the diamond Friday, when they will play at Incarnate Word at 7 p.m.

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