Jennifer Collins hit a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning of game two to help give Seward County Community College a Jayhawk West Conference and Division I Region VI doubleheader sweep over Garden City Community College on Wednesday afternoon at the Tangeman Sports Complex in Garden City, Kan. The Lady Saints defeated GCCC in game one, 7-4, behind a dominating pitching performance from freshman Courtney Auger. SCCC completed the sweep with a 7-6 victory in the nightcap, as Collins belted the go-ahead home run with the Lady Saints trailing by two runs in the seventh inning. Seward County improves to 16-13 overall, 4-0 in the Jayhawk West and to 7-1 in Region VI competition. Garden City drops to 12-7 overall, 1-3 in the Jayhawk West and to 2-2 in the Region VI.

Auger struck out at least two batters in four of her seven innings pitched in game one. The freshman right-hander scattered eight hits, four runs (two earned runs), and two walks with 10 strikeouts in her 15th complete game of the season. Auger is now 10-6 on the season and ranks sixth nationally with 148 strikeouts.

After Garden City reached the scoreboard with a run in the second inning, the Lady Saints came back to take the lead with three runs in the third inning. The Lady Saintsí rally included three consecutive extra-base hits by Jamie Gilbert (triple), Alicia Gonzales (double) and Lindsay Garchinski (double). Sophomore Rachel Adaza finished the three-run third inning with a RBI double to center field scoring Garchinski to give SCCC a 3-1 advantage.

Seward County continued its power at the plate with freshman Cara Russell hitting her first collegiate home run down the right field line in the fourth inning, and sophomore Melissa St. Clair clearing the bases with a two-run home run to left field in the fifth frame.

Gilbert and Garchinski each went 2-for-4 with a RBI, and Gonzales finished 2-for-3 with a RBI. Every Seward County position player reached base with a hit in game one.

Collins provided the heroics in the top of the seventh inning with the Lady Saints trailing 6-4. Gilbert led off the seventh inning with an infield single to third base. Freshman left fielder Alyssa Fandrick flyed out to left field, and then Garchinski reached base with a single to left field to set the stage for Collins with one out.

Collins hit the first pitch over the center field fence to put the Lady Saints ahead for the doubleheader sweep. Auger, who entered game two in relief during the sixth inning, allowed only one base hit while facing eight batters in her two scoreless innings pitched to earn her 10th victory of the season.

St. Clair hit her second home run of the doubleheader in the first inning, with a three-run shot to left field. St. Clair finished game two going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Gilbert went 3-for-4, and Collins went 1-for-3 with a game-high four RBI.

Seward County improves to 15-4 against the Lady Busters since 2005. Garden City sophomore Becky Diehl led Garden City at the plate during the doubleheader going 5-for-7 with five RBI, three doubles and a home run.

Seward County will be on the road on Friday, March 28, traveling to Colby Community College for a 3 p.m. Division I Region VI doubleheader at Carl Adams Softball Field in Colby.