The National Junior College Athletic Association announced its weekly Top 20 Division I baseball poll today and the Seward County Community College Saints received a No. 20 ranking. It is the first regular season poll that Seward County has made an appearance in this season, after ranking No. 25 in the NJCAA pre-season poll on Feb. 1. The Saints are currently 22-12 overall, and have won 11 straight games dating back to March 18. Seward Countyís winning streak is the longest by any Region VI program this season. The last regular season ranking for SCCC was in the final poll of 2007 where they were selected No. 19 on April 25.

The Saints are in first place in the Jayhawk West with a 13-3 record. They have swept two straight conference opponents in four-game series, including four road games at Butler Community College (March 21-22) and four wins at home against Barton County Community College (March 29-30).

Seward Countyís pitching staff has been anchored this season by sophomore Tomas Cruz, who is 6-2 with an impressive 1.45 earned run average, and a team-high 48 strikeouts, 43.1 innings pitched and four complete games. Cruz is among the nationís leaders with a 16-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (48 SO, 3 BB).

Sophomores Jordan McClintick (6-1, 2.22 ERA, 17 SO) and Christian Kowalchuk (4-2, 33.1 IP, 32 SO) have also given the Saints pitching staff quality innings this season.

The Saints have been led offensively this season by three newcomers, including freshman outfielder Mikel Huston (.514, six doubles, 11 RBI), freshman outfielder Keegan Morrow (.397, 29 hits, 13 RBI), and sophomore transfer catcher David Masters (.379, 10 doubles, 23 RBI). The Seward County line-up has also received depth from sophomore infielder Erik Hansen, who is among team leaders in batting average (.369), base hits (31), doubles (8), extra-base hits (11) and RBI (18).

Seward County will take on seventh-place Dodge City Community College (13-21, 6-10) April 5-6, in a Jayhawk West Conference four-game series at Cavalier Field in Dodge City. Both Saturday and Sundayís doubleheaders are scheduled for 1 p.m.