The Seward County Community College softball team swept a Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader against Dodge City Community College on Tuesday afternoon at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal. Freshman pitcher Courtney Auger struck out 13 batters in the Lady Saints 9-1 victory in game one (six innings). Seward completed the doubleheader sweep with an 8-0 victory behind a complete-game shutout from freshman Cara Russell in game two. Seward County improves to 32-17 overall and to 11-3 in the Jayhawk West. Dodge City falls to 10-28 overall and to 3-13 in conference play.

Auger, who currently leads the NJCAA in strikeouts (255), retired all three batters in the first and third innings via strikeout. She also posted two strikeouts apiece in the second, fourth and fifth innings.

The Seward County offense jumped ahead early with a RBI double from Lindsay Garchinski in the first inning. SCCC added three runs in the second inning on three base hits, including RBI singles from freshman Jamie Gilbert and Garchinski.

Garchinski, a sophomore third baseman from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Sophomore first baseman Jennifer Collins went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Collins is now batting .473 this season, which is the ninth highest batting average in the nation for any player with at least 150 at-bats.

Auger finished her 24th complete game of the season allowing three hits, one run (unearned) with 13 strikeouts and no walks.

Center fielder Katelyn Glenn (3-for-3), shortstop Tasia McEntire (2-for-4), second baseman Rachel Adaza (2-for-4), and left fielder Alicia Gonzales (2-for-3) all added multi-hit games for SCCC.

Pitcher Ashley Podschun recorded all three base hits for Dodge City in the loss.

Seward County’s offense slowed down significantly in game two, but still managed to post its second run-rule victory of the day. SCCC had eight position players tally a base hit while its base runners collected seven stolen bases.

Russell notched her 12th win of the season allowing two hits, two walks and picking up four strikeouts in her fourth shutout of the season.

The Lady Saints will conclude their regular season with six straight games starting on Friday, April 25, traveling to Great Bend, Kan., to play Barton County Community College (21-26, 4-6, 7-7) in a Jayhawk West and Division I Region VI doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. SCCC will return home Saturday and Sunday to host Neosho County Community College (12-25, 6-12) for a four-game series at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal. Both doubleheaders against Neosho County will begin at 1 p.m.