The Seward County Community College baseball team defeated Garden City Community College 5-1 in game-one on Sunday afternoon, before the Broncbusters snapped the Saints 16-game winning streak with a 4-1 win in the nightcap at Brent Gould Field in Liberal. Seward sophomore right-handed pitcher Tomas Cruz won his team-leading eighth game of the season while striking out nine batters in the opener. Garden City received strong pitching performance in game two as sophomore Bryce Butt allowed just six hits and struck out 10 batters to break the Saints winning streak. The No. 12 nationally-ranked Saints (27-13, 18-4) remain a half a game in front of Hutchinson Community College (28-11, 18-5) for first place in the Jayhawk West. Sixth-place Garden City is now 19-19 overall and 10-12 in conference play.

The Saints did the majority of their damage offensively on the day in the first inning of game one. The first three batters all reached base on singles, and then sophomores Will Gowdy (fielderís choice), Austin Roff (double) and Erik Hansen (two-run single) drove home the Saintsí first four runs of the contest.

Cruz, who is now 8-2 on the season with a 2.12 earned run average, posted at least one strikeout in all seven innings, including a pair in the second and sixth innings. He completed his fifth complete game scattering seven hits with no walks. Cruz has now struck out 65 batters this season and has issued only seven base-on-balls.

Drzazga went 2-for-4 and added a solo home run over the right field wall in the fifth inning. Gowdy also tallied a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 with a run scored and RBI.

The victory marked the Saintsí 16th in a row dating back to the second game of a non-conference doubleheader on March 18 against Rose State College. The Seward County school-record for longest winning streak is 21 games, set by the 2004 Saints (March 10-April 9).

Garden City outhit the Saints 10-6 in game two, and the Busters capitalized on two SCCC errors to score three of their four runs. Second baseman Christian Lucero (3-for-4, two RBI) and designated hitter Nate Reddig (2-for-4, RBI) led the Busters at the plate.

Saintsí starting pitcher Christian Kowalchuk suffered the loss on the mound, allowing nine hits, four runs (one earned) and two walks with seven strikeouts. Freshman right fielder Mikel Huston led the Saints at the plate going 2-for-3. Drzazga recorded the only RBI for SCCC with a single to right field in the sixth inning to score Huston.

Seward County has 10 Jayhawk West conference games left to play, which includes six games at Brent Gould Field and four games against second-place Hutchinson Community College on the road. The Saints and Broncbusters will conclude their four-game conference series on Monday, April 14, with a first pitched scheduled for 4 p.m. at Brent Gould Field.