Jennifer Collins went 7-for-7 at the plate and Courtney Auger threw a complete-game with 13 strikeouts as both players broke career records during Seward County Community College’s doubleheader softball sweep over No. 20 Otero Junior College at Lady Saints Softball Field on Sunday afternoon. Seward County swept Otero, with both games ending in a five-inning run-rule. The Lady Saints won the opener 9-1 and finished the sweep with a 10-2 victory in the nightcap. Seward County has now won 13 of its last 14 games overall, and posted its second and third victories over a nationally-ranked opponent this season. SCCC improves to 27-14 overall this season, remaining in first-place in the Jayhawk West with a 9-1 mark. The Lady Rattlers fall to 34-9 on the season.

The Lady Saints used a pair of big offensive innings in their doubleheader sweep. Seward pushed across six runs in the fifth inning in game one, and SCCC scored seven runs during the third inning of game two. Seward County has now run-ruled their opponents in its last five victories.

Collins went 4-for-4 in game one with four doubles and three RBI. The sophomore from Coquitlam, British Columbia, now has 35 doubles in two seasons at Seward County, breaking the SCCC all-time record for career doubles set by Allison Bellar (30) in 2005-2006. Collins is 13-for-16 (.813) with 12 RBI during the Lady Saints last four games.

Auger broke the Seward County career record for strikeouts in her first season as a Lady Saint with 13 strikeouts in game one against Otero. The freshman right-hander now has 221 strikeouts this season in 141.2 innings pitched. The previous Lady Saints’ record for career strikeouts was set by Becky Holland (220) in 419.2 innings pitched during the 2005-2006 seasons.

Seward County dominated offensively in the first game, out-hitting the Lady Rattlers 14-2. Collins started the doubleheader going 4-for-4 with four doubles, two runs scored and three RBI. Sophomore second baseman Rachel Adaza went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a double while Lindsay Garchinski went 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI. Freshmen Jamie Gilbert (2-for-4) and Katelyn Glenn (2-for-3) also posted multi-hit games for Seward County.

Auger pitched her 21st consecutive complete game in the circle, allowing two hits, one run and four walks. Auger struck out 13 of the 23 batters she faced in the one hour, 35 minute game. Auger is now 16-6 with a 1.43 earned run average in 25 appearances this season.

The top four batters in the Lady Saints’ line-up went a combined 10-for-15 with six runs scored and six RBI in game two. Collins completed a perfect day at the plate going 3-for-3, which included a RBI single to right field in the fifth inning to end the game due to the eight-run mercy-rule.

Gilbert, a freshman from Liberal, went 2-for-4 in game two, and is now batting 14-for-24 (.583) during the Lady Saints last six games played, collecting six straight multi-hit games.

Freshman left fielder Alicia Gonzales went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Garchinski finished 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Freshman right-handed pitcher Cara Russell has now won five of her last six starts in the circle, tossing a five-inning complete-game, issuing two runs (one earned), with one walk and three strikeouts against Otero. Russell has now recorded 61 strikeouts with 18 walks this season.

The Lady Saints snapped a five-game losing streak against Otero, and are now 3-8 against the Lady Rattlers since 2005.

Seward County will host Garden City Community College (19-10) for a Division I Region VI doubleheader on Tuesday, April 8, at 3 p.m. at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal.