The Seward County Community College softball team was led by sophomore Dana McLaren who threw a one-hitter on Wednesday afternoon in the Lady Saints home opening non-conference doubleheader sweep over Frank Phillips College at Lady Saints Softball Field. Seward County defeated the Lady Plainsmen 14-1 (five-innings) in game-one, and McLaren pitched a complete-game (five-innings) one-hitter in Seward County’s 14-0 blowout over Frank Phillips in game-two. Seward County improves to 5-3 overall this season.

Seward County began the day scoring two runs in the first inning, six in the second, four in the third and two more runs in the fourth inning en route to their game-one victory. The Lady Saints hit .517 (15-for-29) in the opener, with six players collecting multi-hit games.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Stephanie McCarthy recorded the win, pitching a complete game allowing six hits, one run (no earned runs) and striking out five. Third baseman Meisha Patterson went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, two doubles and four RBI. Freshman designated player Jennifer Collins went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a double and three RBI.

In game-two, McLaren dominated on the mound pitching the complete game and striking out four batters. Frank Phillips lead-off hitter, Stephanie Chavez, was the only players to record a hit off McLaren, hitting a double off McLaren in the fourth inning before the Lady Saints turned a double play to end the scoring threat.

Also in game-two, Collins went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI. Collins, a 5-foot-8-inch utility player from British Columbia, is now batting .462 with seven runs scored, and five RBI this season. Other Lady Saints with multi-hit games were Patterson (2-for-3), Amber Gilland (2-for-4) and Rachel Adaza (2-for-2).

The Lady Saints hit a combined .500 (28-for-56) in the doubleheader and limited Frank Phillips to only seven hits in 10 innings of play.

Seward County will continue non-conference competition on Thursday, Feb. 22 at Clarendon College for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.