Feb 17 2009
After winning three of four against reigning Empire Conference Champion Northeastern Saturday and Sunday at Brent Gould field, the Seward County Saints had a date set with another Region IX competitor in Western Nebraska Monday afternoon. In the first game, Hayden Holub took the mound for his first collegiate appearance and threw 4 and 2/3rds innings of 3 hit baseball while striking out 5. Holub left the game with a 4-1 lead thanks to a first inning Trent Martinez RBI double, a second inning RBI triple from catcher Todd Glime and a pair of sacrifice hits from Tanner Woods and Jared Broadbent. After Holub left the game in the 5th inning the Saints bullpen ran into trouble with the Cougars in the sixth. Western Nebraska cut a 7-1 Seward lead at the start of the inning to a 7-6 lead at the end of the inning thanks in part to four hits as well as three walks. Billy Ninemire was hit by a pitch and Mikel Huston singled to set the table for Travis Parker and the sophomore from Lincoln, Nebraska cleaned up with a 2 RBI single to right field to open the lead and give himself some more breathing room as he came in to close out the 9-6 win on the mound. In the second game the Saints again pounced on the Cougar pitching early scoring 7 runs in the first three innings behind a pair of Austin Vanderwork extra base RBI hits as well as RBI knocks from Ninemire, Parker and Huston. Western Nebraska would scratch back within striking distance at 7-4 after a pair of 5th inning runs but Jared Wagner came in to close the door on the Cougar attack as he pitched the final 2 2/3rds innings without allowing a hit to pick up his first collegiate save. Matt Stevens allowed just one unearned run escaping a bases loaded, no out jam in the 3rd inning, and then pitching through the fourth inning with a 7-2 lead to pick up his first win in a Saints uniform. With the sweep the Saints move to 5-1 on the season and will have a six day rest to prepare for Clarendon who will come to town Sunday the 22nd for a 1:00 double header at Brent Gould field.