The Seward County Community College softball team won their fifth and sixth games in a row with a non-conference doubleheader sweep at No. 28 Lamar Community College on Tuesday afternoon in Lamar, Colo. The Lady Saints defeated the Runnin’ Lopes 4-2 in game-one and 10-0 in a five-inning run-rule decision in game-two. Seward County sophomore pitchers Dana McLaren and Stephanie McCarthy combined to allow Lamar only two runs and nine base hits in 12 innings of play. Seward County improves their overall record to 9-3 this season.

Both teams were looking for the big hit to break the scoreless tie early in game-one. In the fourth inning, Seward County had two RBI singles from Jillian Huber and Haley Martin to score Jennifer Collins and Lili Franco, who both singled in the inning, to take a 2-0 lead. Lamar countered with runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and fifth inning to tie the score 2-2.

The Seward County offense continued to get timely hits with a RBI fielder’s choice from Meisha Patterson in the sixth inning to score Huber for the eventual game winning run. SCCC added an insurance run in the seventh inning on a RBI double to right field by freshman catcher Melissa St. Clair.

McLaren carried the load for SCCC on the mound tossing a seven-inning complete game, where she allowed five hits, two runs and stuck out two. McLaren got better as the game continued, retiring Lamar in order in both the sixth and seventh innings. The sophomore right-handed pitcher is now 4-1 this season with a team-best 1.13 earned run average.

The bottom of the Lady Saints batting order (7-through-9 hole hitters) were clutch in game-one going 6-for-11 with three RBI. St. Clair went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI, Huber also went 2-for-4 with a RBI and Haley Martin was 2-for-3 with a RBI.

Lady Saints leading hitter this season, Jennifer Collins, was 2-for-3 with a run scored in game-one. Collins is now batting .500 (13-for-26) this season with 12 runs scored and eight RBI. Second baseman Jena Rue also collected a multi-hit game going 2-for-4.

In game-two, the Lady Saints continued where they left off in the first contest scoring runs in every inning of the five-inning blowout. Seward County scored three runs in the first inning, two in the second, one in the third and fourth and capped it off with three runs in the fifth inning. SCCC also capitalized on six errors by the Lamar defense.

Rue led the Lady Saints going 3-for-3 with four runs scored, a double, triple, home run and three RBI. Sophomore designated player Sarah Venegas went 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI and left fielder Lindsay Garchinski went 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. SCCC posted five extra base hits and batted .433 (13-for-30) in their game-two victory.

McCarthy was dominating on the mound pitching a five-inning complete game shutout over Lamar. McCarthy is now 5-2 this season with a 1.70 ERA and a team-high 18 strikeouts.

Seward County will open their Jayhawk West Conference schedule on Thursday, Mar. 1, hosting Pratt Community College for a 2 p.m. first-pitch at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal.