With their two scheduled games against Northeastern getting wiped off the board Wednesday due to weather conditions, the #14 Seward County Saints series with the Plainsmen ends in a two game sweep after Seward took game one of the series 5-2 and backed that up with a 4-2 win in game two on Tuesday.

The Saints started in a hole in game one against the Plainsmen as Northeastern plated a first inning run on a one out hit batter followed by a two out double from Nebraska transfer Nick Miller to take a 1-0 lead. Seward got a walk in the 1st inning from Jake Barrios in his return to the Saints after a semester at LSU and Barrios quickly stole second base but he was left stranded and was Sewardís lone base runner through 2 innings of play as they trailed 1-0. In the top of the 3rd, Saints starter Tyler Weidenfeld kept Northeastern off the board again and the Seward offense finally broke through in the bottom of the inning. Brittain Ibbotson was hit by a pitch with one out to roll the lineup over and back to back walks loaded the bases for Barrios. The reigning Jayhawk West Freshman of the Year answered the bell, ripping a single through the hole on the left side to bring home two and give the Saints a 2-1 lead. They didnít have the lead for long though as Northeastern quickly responded with a run of their own in the top have of the 4th inning to make it a 2-2 game but Seward wasnít done offensively and showed that in their half of the 4th. A one out single from Sam Pack got things going and once again Tanner Rainey extended the inning with a walk at the top of the lineup. Both scored as Steven Polito lashed a triple to right field and he scored as Barrios came up with another two out RBI one batter later to make it a 5-2 game in favor of Seward. That was all the offense the Saints needed as freshman TJ Looney came in and slammed the door in his first collegiate outing, throwing the final three innings and allowing just 1 hit to preserve the 5-2 win for the guys in green. Barrios finished the game 2 for 3 with 3 RBIís while Polito was 1 for 3 with 2 RBIís and a run scored. Weidenfeld earned the win with 4 innings of work, allowing just 3 hits and 2 runs in his debut and was followed by Looney who earned the save with his 3 shutout innings of work to finish things.
NJC again jumped on top in game two, picking up a pair of 1st inning singles after a walk to take a 1-0 lead. The Saints quickly answered back with a run of their own as Barrios doubled with two outs and was driven in by Willy Gustin to even the game at 1. Seward took their first lead of the game in their next trips to the plate in the bottom of the 2nd when back to back walks to Deven Nelson and Kevin Domrzalski got things going and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Troy Owen scored Nelson to make it 2-1 Seward after 2. Saints ace Gavin Glanz settled into a groove in the 3rd and 4th and sat down the Plainsmen in order and Seward took advantage by adding onto their lead in the bottom of the 4th with a leadoff single from Carlos Dorado and a two out single by Johnny Griffith to score him later on to make it 3-1 Saints. Northeastern drew to within one in the top of the 5th with a two out RBI of their own to make it 3-2 but Seward kept plugging and got a matching run in the bottom half of the 5th when Barrios, Gustin, and Dorado laced consecutive hits to make it 5-2 Seward into the 6th. After taking over for Glanz in the 5th, sophomore lefty Keegan Hucul did the rest for the Saints, sitting down the Plainsmen in order in the 6th inning and then in the 7th including finishing the game in style with two straight strikeouts to give Seward the 5-2 win. Barrios had 2 hits and scored 2 runs in the middle of the Saints order while Gustin and Dorado each had 2 hits and an RBI behind him. Glanz picked up the win, moving his career record with the Saints to 7-0 by going 4 2/3 innings, allowing 5 hits and 2 runs while fanning a pair. Hucul earns his 3rd career save with 2 1/3 innings of perfect relief while striking out 3.
#14 Seward starts the season 2-0 for the first time since the 2004-2005 season. Their competition will ramp up this weekend as they head down to the Lone Star State where they will tango with Odessa on Friday and Saturday before taking on Midland on Sunday.