The Seward County Community College baseball team dropped a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Lamar Community College, 1-0 and 6-1. The No. 18 Saints (9-5) totaled only 10 base hits and struck out 14 times against the Lamar pitching staff that kept the Saints hitters off balance throughout the doubleheader on Sunday.

In the first game, Seward County had their opportunities to score early in the game, but left runners stranded in scoring position in both the second and third innings.

In the second inning, shortstop Jeff Brewer and second baseman, Bo Merrell, each recorded strikeouts to get Lamar out of the jam without allowing a run. In the third inning, Seward once again left runners at second and third base when third baseman, Toby Davis and first baseman Aaron Phillips lined out and grounded out respectively.

The Saints received a standout pitching performance from sophomore, Michael Jarman. The SCCC lefty pitched six inning while allowing just two base hits, one run, one walk and struck out a career-high 10 batters.

Jarman cruised through the first five innings, including striking out the side (first three batters) in the first inning on the minimum nine pitches. Jarman also struck out three batters in the second inning, one in the third, two in the fourth and one batter in the sixth inning.

In the sixth inning, Jarman issued a lead-off walk to Lamarís third baseman, Austin Stading, who would then advance to second base after a sacrifice bunt by LCC shortstop, Austin Buck. Jarman struck out the next batter and then with two outs gave up an RBI single to catcher, Levi Tapia, to score Stading giving Lamar the only run of the game.

The Saints totaled just four hits in game-one as Erik Hegstad (2-for-3), Brett Davis (1-for-2) and Brian Majors (1-for-4) were the only Saints who collected base hits.

In game two, Saints starting pitcher, Zeb Birch, ran into trouble in the first inning when Lamar scored four runs on four consecutive base hits.

The Saints offense however continued their lackluster output scoring their first and only run of the day in the fourth inning on Erik Hegstadís home run to left field. The Saints scored runs in only one of 14 innings on Sunday.

Birch would settle down after the first inning allowing Lamar just three base hits during the remainder of the game. Birch pitched six innings allowing seven hits, six runs (five earned runs), two walks and six strikeouts.

Hegstad (2-for-3, RBI) and first baseman, Aaron Phillips (2-for-3, double) totaled four of the Saints six hits in game-two.

The Saints will be back at home this weekend, when they open their Jayhawk West Conference schedule with a pair of home doubleheaders against Hutchinson Community College and Garden City Community College.

SCCC will host Hutchinson, the defending Region VI Tournament champions on Saturday, March 11, at 1:00 p.m. The Saints will finish the weekend against Garden City on Sunday, March 12, with the first pitch slated for 2:00 p.m. All four games will be played at the Saints home ball park, Brent Gould Field on the campus of Seward County Community College.