|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex (12-18)||2||3||1||0||0||0||0||4||0||10||5||3|
|St. Mary's University (12-15)||0||1||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||6||9||6|
|San Antonio, Te Dickson Stadium|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Pitching||St. Mary's University|
|-||Loser||De La Garza, Zack|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Indv. Stats||St. Mary's University|
|#1 Collado, Orlando||Doubles||2 Players (#8,#18)|
|#29 Mihalov, Matt||Triples||None|
|None||Home Runs||#19 Perez, Donnie|
SAN ANTONIO (March 28, 2017) – Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) baseball defeated the NCAA Division II St. Mary's University (STMU) Rattlers behind some big hits from Matt Mihalov (SO/Houston, Texas) and a four-run eighth inning.
With the win, the Saints improve to 12-18 on the season while the Rattlers drop to 12-15.
The Saints opened the game with a two-RBI single to left-center from Jose Diaz (FR/Pinar del Rio, Cuba) with two outs, scoring Darius Patton (SR/San Antonio, Texas) and Orlando Collado (SR/Bronx, N.Y.), who reached based on a walk and fielding error.
OLLU scored three runs on two hits in the second inning, getting an RBI triple from Mihalov to score Kevin Jamerson, who reached on a walk. Mihalov then scored on a wild pitch. After a Matt Beasley (SR/Burleson, Texas) walk, the Rattlers replaced starting pitcher Quinton Smithwick with Zack De La Garza, who gave up an RBI double from Collado to right-center on his first pitch.
STMU scored its first run in the second inning on an RBI double through the left side from Bryce Brandl to score Jacob Aguilar, who led the inning off with a double.
The Saints' defense came unraveled a little bit in the third inning, giving up four runs on three hits while committing two errors. Beau Barnes reached first on a fielding error, then advanced to second on a balk and third on a wild pitch, scoring on a Donnie Perez single to right.
Starting pitcher Alex Torres (SR/Oxnard, California) walked and hit the next two batters, allowing both to advance a base on a wild pitch to setup a two-RBI single from Jonathan Ramirez. The Rattlers scored their fourth run of the inning on a fielding error.
After holding the Saints scoreless in the top of the fifth inning, the Rattlers tied the game at 6-6 with a two-out home run from Perez, ending Torres' night with Caleb Mireles (JR/Del Rio, Texas) relieving him.
The Rattlers threatened twice more, loading the bases with two outs in the sixth inning before ending the inning on a fly out to deep left field, just shy of the fence. In the seventh inning, the Rattlers put two base runners on with a walk and an error, but the Saints' pitching and defense held firm, getting out of the inning with no runs scored.
OLLU capitalized on two errors in the eighth inning, scoring four runs on two hits. Jacob Pool (SO/Leander, Texas) led off the inning with a single through the left side. After Ruiz struck out, Mike Light (JR/San Antonio, Texas) and Moses Gonzalez (FR/Live Oak, Texas) reached on walks, ending De La Garza's night and setting up a three-run single from Mihalov up the middle off relief pitcher Trent Rousseau. Mihalov scored on a throwing error on the next pitch, with Beasley reaching on the error, giving OLLU its 10-6 lead.
Torres pitched 3.2 innings, giving up seven hits and six runs (four earned) for a no-decision. Mireles earned the win, pitching 5.1 shutout innings, giving up just two hits and striking out three batters. Mihalov led the Saints' offense with three RBIs and two runs, batting 2-for-5. Diaz was 1-for-5 with two RBIs. The Saints finished with five hits and took advantage of six Rattlers' errors.
The Saints will resume conference play this weekend with a three-game road series against Jarvis Christian College from March 31-April 1. The doubleheader will take place on the second day. The Saints are 2-7 all-time against Jarvis.
Our Lady of the Lake University is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016-2017 as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The University began competing in the NAIA in men's soccer and volleyball in 2007. A year later, they added women's soccer, golf and tennis. In 2009, the Saints began competing in cross-country, softball and basketball. In 2014, OLLU added two more sports — baseball and track and field. There are now 13 intercollegiate athletic teams at OLLU. All athletic alumni and up to two family members will receive free admission to basketball and volleyball games throughout the season. Baseball is not included in this special offer. All other home games are free and open to the public.