Softball splits doubleheader against St. Mary’s University
The softball team won one of two games against NCAA D2 No. 21-ranked St. Mary’s University (StMU) on Feb. 25. The Saints move to 10-4 overall and remain at 2-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). The Rattlers are now 14-5 this season.
Head Coach Bruce Lenington commented, “I was proud of how we responded as a team after a lopsided loss. St. Mary’s is a quality program, and any win over here is a quality victory.”
The Saints were 0-5 against the Rattlers prior to the games.
The Saints had a tough start to the day in game one. The Rattlers totaled eight runs on eight hits, including two doubles. Cassandra Valdez started in the circle and suffered the loss after allowing four earned runs. Ariel Montgomery pitched in relief and gave up three earned runs on three hits. Julissa Moreno had the Saints only hit, which was a double to left field. The Rattlers scored seven of the eight runs in the fifth inning to run rule the Saints.
The Saints earned the program’s first victory over the Rattlers in game two. OLLU started hot with a run in the first inning when Alyssa Flores doubled to bring in Caitlin Terrazas. The Rattlers answered in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single. The game remained tied until the fourth inning. Madison Garza hit a sacrifice fly to score Eneli Garza and Kayla Dreese doubled to score Emilia Salinas. Flores continued her momentum at the plate by bringing in Garza the following inning. The Saints won 4-2 behind a complete game from Angela Ramirez. She earned the win after striking out two batters and allowing only one earned run.
The Saints take on NAIA No. 1-ranked Oklahoma City University on the road on today.