The Seward County Community College softball team swept a non-conference doubleheader Thursday afternoon at Clarendon College 5-3 and 8-4. Seward County totaled 23 base hits and scored in seven separate innings throughout the doubleheader. SCCC starting pitcher Dana McLaren tossed a seven inning complete-game two hitter in game-one and first baseman Jennifer Collins went 4-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBI in the doubleheader. Seward County improves to 7-3 overall this season.

In game-one, Seward County out hit the Lady Bulldogs 12-2, but committed six errors on defense. McLaren was dominant for the second consecutive outing, after pitching a one-hitter on Wednesday afternoon at home against Frank Phillips.

Seward County scored in the first inning on a RBI sacrifice fly by Meisha Patterson, who scored lead-off hitter Rachel Balencia who tripled to left field to start the game. In the third inning, sophomore right fielder Lili Franco hit a RBI single to left, and left fielder Lindsay Garchinski followed with a two-run single to left field. Seward County led 4-0 after their rally in the third inning.

McLaren allowed three runs, all of which reached base on defensive errors committed by the Lady Saints defense. McLaren is now 3-1 this season with a team leading 0.88 earned run average in 24 innings pitched. Balencia went 2-for-4 and Garchinski led the Lady Saints with two RBI.

In game-two, Seward County received another strong pitching performance from sophomore Stephanie McCarthy. The sophomore right-handed pitcher won her team-best fourth game of the season while throwing a seven inning complete game.

The Lady Saints big inning in game-two came in the fifth when six straight batters reached base on base hits, with four players scoring runs. Patterson recorded an infield single and then stole second base. Designated player Sarah Venegas drove in Patterson with a RBI single to right field and scored on Collins’ RBI double to center field. Franco then collected a RBI triple to left field and Garchinski scored Franco with a single to left field. At that point Seward County led 7-3, to put the game out of reach from Clarendon.

Seward County had five players post multi-hit games including Patterson (2-for-4), Collins (2-for-3), Franco (2-for-3), Rachel Adaza (2-for-4) and Jillian Huber (2-for-3).

Collins is leading the Lady Saints this season in batting average (.526, 10-for-19), and on-base plus slugging percentage (1.197).

Seward County is scheduled to take their four-game winning streak on the road this Saturday, Feb. 24, at Vernon College for a 2 p.m. non-conference doubleheader. Vernon enters Saturday’s doubleheader with a 14-1 overall record this season.