The Seward County Community College baseball team swept Lamar Community College on Tuesday afternoon at Brent Gould Field in the Saints home opening doubleheader. The Saints pitching staff allowed only 12 base hits and three runs, while collecting 18 strikeouts in the two game sweep over the Lopes. Sophomore Eric Everson earned the win for No. 17 Seward County in game-one, and freshman lefty Nathaniel Weems picked up his first collegiate victory in game-two. The Saints improve to 3-1 overall this season.

Everson, a 6-foot-1-inch left-handed pitcher from Westminster, Colo., showed his dominance over Lamar in the opening two innings with five strikeouts. The Saints offense got started in the third inning with four runs sparked by a three-run line drive home run by sophomore third baseman Toby Davis. Davisí shot was the big hit in the inning that broke the tie and gave the Saints a 4-0 lead.

After collecting two more strikeouts in the third inning, Everson showed signs of fatigue in the fourth inning issuing three walks, while allowing one earned run. Everson left the game after the fourth inning allowing three hits, one run, five walks and posting a career-high seven strikeouts in four innings of work on the mound.

The Saints tacked on a run in the fourth, three runs in the fifth and two runs in the sixth inning. Freshman catcher Luke Hardcastle hit a triple and scored a run in the fourth inning, and collected a two-run RBI double in the fifth inning. Hardcastle finished the game going 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Davis also had a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI.

In game-two, Weems had a strong outing allowing one earned run, six hits and no walks in five innings of work. The left-handed freshman from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., collected three strikeouts in his college debut on the mound.

The Saints took an early 1-0 lead after sophomore first baseman Erik Hegstad hit a RBI single to centerfield on an 0-2 pitch, that scored sophomore left fielder Stu Schlemeyer, who led off the game with a four-pitch walk.

Lamar answered back in the fourth inning with a run, but had their right fielder Nick Naegele thrown out at home plate by Saints left fielder Tanner Rindels to end the scoring threat. After gunning out the runner at home plate, Rindels started a rally for the Saints with two-outs in the bottom of the fourth inning with a base hit to right field. Two batters later freshman catcher Matt Deacon his a RBI single to right field to score Rindels for the eventual game winning run.

Deacon and Hegstad were among five players for the Saints who went 1-for-3 in game-two, but were the only players for SCCC to collect a RBI. Freshman left-handed pitcher Will Gowdy pitched the final two innings for the Saints to earn his first career save. Gowdy threw 27 pitches while recording five strikeouts and allowing one base hit to Lamar to finish the 2-1 victory.

The Saints and Runniní Lopes will complete their four-game series on Wednesday, Feb. 21, with a non-conference doubleheader scheduled for 1 p.m. at Brent Gould Field.