The Seward County Community College baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader against Northeastern Colorado Junior College on Sunday afternoon at Brent Gould Field in Liberal. The Saints defeated the Plainsmen 5-4 in game-one, behind a winning effort on the mound from freshman Karl Whitley. Seward County was defeated 6-5 in game-two, with sophomore left-handed pitcher Eric Everson picking up the loss for the Saints. The Saints are now 6-4 overall this season.

Seward County defeated Northeastern in game-one by scoring two runs in the first and fourth innings and posting a run in the fifth. Northeasternís rally was ended as Whitley didnít allow a run in the final two innings.

Whitley was the winning pitcher for the Saints throwing a seven-inning complete game scattering six hits and allowing four runs, three walks and posting seven strikeouts.

Seward County received two RBI from designated hitter Brock Gifford, who went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Sophomore left fielder Stu Schlemeyer went 2-for-2 and scored two runs for the Saints. Toby Davis also added a RBI single going 1-for-2.

The Saints were denied the sweep after recording four defensive errors and having two runners picked off first base in the one run loss. Everson threw four innings allowing four hits, four runs (three earned) and four walks with two strikeouts.

Davis was the Saints leading hitter in game-two going 3-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI. Bo Merrell (2-for-4) and Tanner Rindels (2-for-3) also picked up multi-hit games for the Saints.

In addition, game-one on Sunday afternoon marked the 1,300th game for 26th year head coach Galen McSpadden at Seward County Community College. McSpadden currently owns an 844-457 overall record, which is second all-time among Region VI head coaches in career wins and 29th all-time among NJCAA college head coaches.

The Saints and Plainsmen will conclude their four-game series on Monday, Feb. 26 with a first-pitch starting at 1 p.m. at Brent Gould Field.