The Seward County Community College baseball team swept a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon against Clarendon College. The Saints were trailing in the first game 6-4, when freshman first baseman, Aaron Phillips hit a towering grand slam to right center field to give the Saints an 8-6 lead they would never hand back. The Saints went on to win the first game 9-6 and completed the sweep in impressive fashion in game two, 10-0 in a five-inning mercy-rule decision.

In game one, the Saints scored their first run in the third inning when second baseman, Toby Davis hit an RBI single to right field, scoring Kai Kirby who reached base with a lead-off double.

Clarendon then took the lead, scoring four runs in the fourth inning on five base hits, including two doubles that finished the day for Saints starting pitcher, Eric Everson, who pitched 3.1 innings, allowing six hits, four runs and two walks.

No. 18 Seward rallied back in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring two runs as Bo Merrell and Jeff Brewer each crossed home plate after collecting a double and single respectively.

Clarendon notched two runs in the top of the sixth inning to put the Saints down 6-3, entering the bottom of the sixth inning.

The Saints set the table for Phillips with catcher Tyler Henry reaching base on a hit-by-pitch, Kirby’s single to center field, Brian Majors base-on-balls and Davis’ infield (bunt) base hit.

Phillips hit a scorching double the previous inning and in his most important at-bat of the day he gave the Saints the lead with his first-career grand slam.

Phillips finished the first game going 2-for-4 with four RBI. Freshman right-handed pitcher, Chris Capps, entered the game in the fourth inning and pitched 2.2 innings, allowing five base hits and two earned runs while earning his first-collegiate victory on the mound as a Saints pitcher. Saints sophomore left-handed pitcher, Michael Jarman struck out two Bulldog batters in the seventh inning to earn his first save of the year.

Other Saints with multi-hits were T. Davis (3-for-3), Brewer (2-for-4), Brett Davis (2-for-4) and Kirby (2-for-2).

In game two, the Saints scored early and often producing runs in the first, third and fourth innings. The Saints scored two runs in the second inning and added a pair of runs in the third inning, taking a 4-0 lead. The Saints big offensive output came in the fourth inning, when six consecutive Saints reached base and scored runs.

Freshman right fielder, Erik Hegstad, collected three RBI as he drove a 0-2 pitch into right center field scoring Merrell, Phillips and T. Davis. Hegstad finished the game 1-for-1 with two runs scored, three RBI and two walks.

Saints freshman left-handed pitcher, Curtis Hamilton, recorded his first career victory, complete game and shutout, pitching five innings allowing one walk and scattering five base hits and recording four strikeouts. Hamilton leads the Saints pitching staff this season with a perfect 0.00 earned run average (ERA) in 5.2 innings pitched.

Seward County will be back at home this Saturday, March 4, hosting Rose State College at 1:00 p.m. The non-conference doubleheader will be played at Brent Gould Field on the campus of Seward County C.C.