The Seward County Community College baseball team had their seven-game winning streak snapped Saturday at Brent Gould Field against Rose State College. The Saints committed a total of eight errors (four in each game) in a non-conference doubleheader split against the Raiders. SCCC dropped game one 3-1 and then won game two, 7-6. The Saints are now 9-3 overall this season with Jayhawk West Conference competition starting next week.

In game one, the Saints (9-3) scored their only run in the bottom of the first inning when Saints second baseman, Toby Davis, doubled and then scored with two-outs on a passed ball by Raider’s catcher, Dakota Streber.

The No. 18 Saints held their 1-0 lead until the fifth inning when Rose State scored two runs. Seward County starting pitcher, Brett Davis allowed only two hits before the fifth inning when Rose State collected three hits and scored one earned run. The Saints defense committed one error in the fifth that led to Rose State’s second run during the inning.

Davis pitched his second complete-game of the season while allowing eight hits, three runs (two earned runs), two walks and striking out four Raider batters. Davis now has a 2.61 earned run average (ERA) in 20.2 innings pitched this season.

The Saints offense only recorded four hits in their opening game, which is the lowest total for the SCCC offense in any game this season.

SCCC hitters that did have base hits were Brian Majors (1-for-3), T. Davis (1-for-3), Jeff Brewer (1-for-3) and Brad Rogers (1-for-2).

In game two of the doubleheader, the Saints looked to have the game under control scoring two runs in the second and four runs in the fourth inning. Saints starting pitcher, Chris Holguin, pitched six innings before exiting the game with the Saints holding a 6-2 lead.

SCCC used two relief pitcher in the seventh inning as Rose State came from behind to tie the game at 6-6. Sophomore right-handed pitcher, Matt Sopic started the inning for SCCC but exited before he could record an out. Sopic pitched to four batters who totaled two hits, a walk and one batter reaching on an error by Saints third baseman, Bo Merrell.

Freshman, Eric Everson came in relief of Sopic and would get the Saints out of the inning, but not before Rose State scored four runs to tie the game. Holguin was the unfortunate recipient of the no-decision as he left the game with a four-run lead.

In the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs, Merrell was issued a four-pitch walk and would then advance to second base on a wild pitch by Rose State reliever, Tyler Atkins. SCCC designated hitter, Chris Capps, who entered the game in the fifth inning, hit the game-winning base hit down the right field line to score Merrell. Everson earned the victory for the Saints making him 1-1 this season with a 7.71 ERA.

Capps, a freshman from Fort Collins, Colo. is leading Seward County in hitting this season with a .500 (9-for-18) batting average. Merrell led the Saints at the plate going 2-for-3 with three runs scored and one RBI in game two.

Seward County will play a non-conference doubleheader tomorrow at Lamar Community College. The Saints and Runnin’ Lopes split their first doubleheader this season in Liberal, with Lamar winning game one 7-3 and SCCC taking game two, 4-2. The first-pitch for tomorrow’s doubleheader is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (M.S.T.).