The Seward County Community College baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader against Clarendon College on Thursday afternoon at Brent Gould Field in Liberal. Clarendon defeated the Saints 10-6 in game-one and the Saints evened the series with an 8-2 victory in game-two. These two teams split a doubleheader at Clarendon last Sunday. The Saints were led by freshman starting pitcher Tomas Cruz, and sophomores Bo Merrell and Toby Davis in their game-two win. The No. 17 nationally-ranked Saints are now 5-3 overall this season.

The Bulldogs scored two runs in the first inning and a run in the third inning to jump ahead of the Saints in game-one. Seward County answered back with a run in the fourth inning, but allowed Clarendon to post six runs in the fifth inning, while using four different pitchers in the game to try and stop the Bulldogs rally.

Seward County attempted a comeback with two runs in the fifth and three runs in the seventh inning. Sophomore left fielder Tanner Rindels went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a triple, home run and two RBI. Rindels is currently second on the team in batting average (.400) and leads the team with five extra base hits.

Freshman Christian Kowalchuk picked up the loss, pitching 4.2 innings and allowing five runs, six walks and scattering six base hits.

In game-two, the Saints used an explosive offensive attack from the middle of their batting line-up to earn a victory over the Bulldogs. The Saints 2-through-5 hole hitters combined to go 9-for-13 with seven runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. Merrell led the Saints going 2-for-3 with four RBI and hitting a home run to left field. Davis also hit a home run and went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Other Saints with multi-hit games were Rindels (2-for-2) and Stu Schlemeyer (2-for-4).

Cruz went the distance for the Saints in his first collegiate complete game. The freshman right-handed pitcher threw seven innings, scattered six hits and allowed two earned runs, four walks and struck out seven batters.

The Saints will continue their week-long home stand on Saturday, Feb. 24, hosting Northeastern Colorado Junior College for a four-game series. The Saints and Plainsmen are scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch on Saturday and an 11 a.m. first pitch on Sunday.