The Seward County Community College baseball team split a doubleheader against Lamar Community College on Wednesday afternoon at Brent Gould Field in Liberal. Lamar defeated the Saints 8-2 in game-one, and Seward County picked up a 2-1 victory in the nightcap to win the series against Lamar. SCCC swept the Runniní Lopes on Tuesday at Brent Gould Field to take the series 3-1. No. 17 Seward County is now 4-2 overall this season.

Lamar earned the victory in game-one after scoring three runs in the fourth inning and five runs in the sixth. Saints freshman right-handed pitcher Tyler Binkley received the loss for the Saints. Binkley, a 6-foot-5-inch New York Mets draft selection in 2006, pitched four innings allowing two hits, two earned runs, three walks and struck out two batters.

The Saints and Runniní Lopes each totaled five hits, but the Saints committed three errors defensively in the loss. Seward County was led by Stu Schlemeyer (1-for-4) and Tanner Rindels (1-for-2) who each contributed with a run batted in. Sophomores Bo Merrell (1-for-3, two stolen bases and a double), Rindels (double) and Erik Hegstad (1-for-3 and a double) all collected extra base hits.

Seward County didnít come away empty handed on Wednesday afternoon, winning game-two behind a two-run double by freshman Brock Gifford in the second inning, and a strong starting pitching effort from freshman Jordan McClintick.

McClintick earned his first collegiate victory by pitching 5.2 innings allowing three hits, one run, one walk and striking out six batters.

With two outs in the second inning, Gifford drove in Hegstad and Merrell, who each singled in the inning, for the Saints only two runs of the game. Sophomore Toby Davis entered the game in the sixth inning and pitched 1.1 innings in relief to collect the save.

Freshman catcher Matt Deacon (2-for-3) was the only Saints player who posted a multi-hit game.

Seward County will continue non-conference play on Thursday, Feb. 22, at home against Clarendon College for a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Brent Gould Field.