Seward County Community College sophomore Jennifer Collins went 6-for-7 with two home runs and seven RBI to help lead the Lady Saints softball team to a pair of five-inning run-rule victories, 8-0 and 23-4, over Neosho County Community College in Division I Region VI action on Saturday afternoon at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal. Collins continued her offensive tear on Saturday after going 4-for-7 with six RBI against Barton County on Friday. SCCC tied a school record with 23 runs in game two, a feat that the Lady Saints’ program has done twice before, including once this season (vs. Brown Mackie) and once last season (at. Cloud County). Seward County has now won six straight games and improves to 36-17 overall and to 18-4 in Region VI competition. Neosho County has lost four straight games and is now 13-30 overall and 6-16 in Region VI play.

Collins, a 5-foot-8 first baseman from Coquitlam, B.C., has been one of the top hitters in the nation during her second season at SCCC batting .494 in 51 games played. Collins recently had a 16-game hitting streak snapped, and is currently in the top five in the NJCAA in doubles (23). Collins also has 81 base hits, seven home runs, and 57 RBI to go along with her team-leading 25 multi-hit games this season.

After grabbing a 1-0 lead in the second inning, Seward County plated a run in the fourth inning on a RBI single by Alicia Gonzales, and scored three runs on a homer from Collins to take a 5-0 advantage.

The Lady Saints finished off their fifth straight victory with back-to-back homers in the fifth inning by Rachel Adaza and Tasia McEntire, before center fielder Katelyn Glenn scored the eighth and final run of the game on a RBI single by Jamie Gilbert.

Seward County ace pitcher Courtney Auger recorded her 20th win of the season in her 26th consecutive complete game. Auger tossed a two-hitter in game one allowing one walk with nine strikeouts. She has now posted 10 shutouts in 172.2 innings pitched. Auger remains the NJCAA’s leader in total strikeouts with 273, to go along with her impressive 1.18 earned run average. In addition, Auger finished the game striking out the final four batters she faced.

Collins went 2-for-2 with three RBI in the opener, and Gilbert collected a multi-hit game going 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI.

Seward finished the day with a 23-4 blowout win in the nightcap. SCCC scored eight runs in the first, two in the second, three in the third and 10 runs in the fourth frame. The Lady Saints offensive onslaught came with 21 base hits, including four hits apiece from Collins (4-for-5, home run, four RBI) and sophomore Sarah Longoria (4-for-4, five RBI).

Every Lady Saint recorded a base hit, including five players who each posted at least two. Overall in the game, Seward County batted .618 (21-for-34) with just two extra-base hits and 20 RBI.

Freshman right-hander Cara Russell earned the win in the circle for the Lady Saints pitching five innings, allowing eight hits, four runs (three earned) and striking out one batter.

Seward County will conclude its regular season on Sunday, April 27, hosting Neosho County for a Division I Region VI doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. at Lady Saints Softball Field. Between games on Sunday sophomores Sarah Longoria, Lindsay Garchinski, Melissa St. Clair, Rachel Adaza, Jennifer Collins and Marah Rogers will be honored on sophomore recognition day. These six players have helped lead the Lady Saints’ program to an overall record of 85-30 (.739) over the past two seasons.