The OPSU softball team went 0-3 against #9 ranked St. Mary's University over the weekend.—Photo courtesy of Ruth Harmon WardThe OPSU softball team went 0-3 against #9 ranked St. Mary's University over the weekend.—Photo courtesy of Ruth Harmon Ward
**For Immediate Release** OPSU Softball Falls to #9 St. Mary's By Justine Gaskamp on 03/09/2014 San Antonio, Texas—In addition to a long road trip, the Aggie softball team had the Heartland's top-ranked St. Mary's Lady Rattlers to contend with over the weekend.

The Lady Rattler's were sitting undefeated in the Heartland Conference with a 25-4 overall record and a #9 national ranking prior to Friday's double-header match-up with the Aggies. After their three-game sweep over OPSU, St. Mary's owns a 6-0 conference record.

Vianna Gutierrez led things off on the mound for SMU and pitched seven full innings and gathered nine strikeouts. Gutierrez held the Aggie batters to just three hits and one run in the Lady Rattler's 8-1 win in game one.

Sophomore pitcher Samantha Arledge went six innings on the rubber for OPSU, collecting ten strikeouts while on the mound. SMU totaled 13 hits and eight runs against Arledge.

The Aggies one run came in the sixth inning when Rachel Thompson singled to center field to bring in Kolbi Graves for an RBI. Thompson, Graves, and Anyssa Barbosa each hit singles in game one.

Guymon native Taylor Richardson was up to pitch game two for the Aggies and went six innings with nine hits, seven runs, and one strikeout.

Maricela Bissaro took the mound for SMU and took two hits while giving two strikeouts in seven innings. Bisarro is undefeated on the mound with a 4-0 record.

Ashly Duin and Sam Arledge each contributed a hit in game two but the Aggies were unable to bring in any runs and took 7-0 loss to the Lady Rattlers.

Arledge was back up to pitch game three on Saturday and was replaced by Taylor Richardson after four innings; St. Mary's collected 11 hits and eight earned runs on the two Aggie pitchers to sweep the series with an 8-0 win.

Anyssa Barbosa and Kinzie Spurgin contributed one hit each for the Aggies, keeping SMU pitcher Emily Brittain from throwing a perfect game.

The Aggies now hold a 6-16 overall record and are 1-5 in the Heartland Conference. They are at home this week for more conference action against the Heartland's second-ranked team, St. Edward's University starting Friday, March 14. The double-header begins at 1 p.m. and game three will take place Saturday with first pitch set for Noon.