A five-run third inning gave the Seward County Community College baseball team all they would need to defeat Clarendon College in a mid-week game at Brent Gould Field in Liberal. The Saints knocked off the Bulldogs 7-4 in a nine-inning game that featured 14 pitchers and 29 positions players for both teams combined. Inclement weather forced the two teams to play a nine-inning game starting at 6 p.m. instead of the regularly scheduled doubleheader. Freshman Roldan Ochoa earned his first career victory in a predetermined two-inning performance during his first collegiate start on the mound for the Saints. Seward County, who moved up to No. 10 in the latest NJCAA Top 20 poll, improves to 33-16 overall this season. Clarendon drops to 32-17 overall on the year.

Ochoa collected three strikeouts and allowed only one base hit in two innings of work. The Saints reached the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run home run off the scoreboard by sophomore Will Gowdy.

Seward Countyís big inning came in the third frame with five runs on six base hits. After a Keegan Morrow groundout to start the inning, SCCC rattled off six hits from the next seven batters. David Masters, Gowdy and Michael Drzazga tallied three straight singles before sophomore third baseman Austin Roff hit a two-run RBI single to left field. Freshman Trent Martinez scored two runs with a RBI double, and sophomore Erik Hansen plated the fifth run of the inning with a RBI single to center field.

Freshman right-handed pitcher Bobby Doran pitched the third inning for the Saints while striking out all three batters he faced. The Saints followed with three pitchers, Mario Bosquez, Christian Kowalchuk and Corey Collins, who combined pitched four scoreless innings and allowed five base hits.

Clarendon had the majority of their offensive success in the late innings with three base hits and four runs in the eighth inning. Freshman Eric Rivera led the Bulldogs going 3-for-5 in the game.

Gowdy and Drzazga each went 2-for-3, while Roff and Martinez each collected two RBI for the Saints.

Seward County controls its own destiny as they pursue the programís 12th Jayhawk West Conference championship as they host eighth-place Pratt Community College (17-29, 9-19) this weekend for a four-game series at Brent Gould Field. The Saints enter this weekend with a one-game lead over second-place Hutchinson Community College who travels to Colby Community College for their final conference series.

Seward County and Pratt will play 1 p.m. doubleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday.