The Seward County Community College softball team swept a non-conference doubleheader from Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa 10-9 and 7-2, on Sunday afternoon at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal. The Lady Saints extend their current winning streak to 10 games over the last two and a half weeks. Seward County hit five home runs and was led by sophomore outfielder Lili Franco, who went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, two RBI and a home run in the doubleheader. Seward County improves to 13-3 overall this season and remains 2-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

In game-one, Seward County relied on a consistent offensive effort that plated runs in every inning except the third inning. The Lady Saints scored a run in each the first and second innings and then collected four runs in the fourth inning and two a piece in the fifth and sixth innings.

The big inning for Seward County was in the fourth when freshman second baseman Jena Rue drove home three runs on a triple to right field scoring Melissa St. Clair, Diana Sanchez and Haley Martin. Franco led off the inning with a single and also scored on a bases-loaded walk by Martin.

Northern Oklahoma made a late surge with two runs in each the fifth and sixth innings and a four run inning in the top of the seventh. With one out and the tying run on base, Seward County head coach Andrea Gustafson removed starting pitcher Dana McLaren from the game to bring in reliever Stephanie McCarthy. The pitching changed paid off for SCCC, as McCarthy slammed the door with back-to-back groundouts to end the scoring threat and to pick up the save for the Lady Saints.

Rue went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a triple, home run and four RBI and Franco went 2-for-2 with three runs scored, a home run and RBI. St. Clair also posted a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a double and RBI. McLaren earned the win and is now 6-1 on the mound this season.

In game-two, the Lady Saints scored three runs in the first inning and put the game out of reach with a run in the fourth inning, two runs in the fifth and a run in the sixth inning. Sophomore left fielder Diana Sanchez hit her first career home run and Meisha Patterson also went deep for the Lady Saints.

Patterson went 2-for-4, Franco again had a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 and Jennifer Collins (2-for-3), Jillian Huber (2-for-3) and Martin (2-for-3) also hit well for the Lady Saints. McCarthy came back out after recording the save in game-one to pitch a complete game for SCCC in game-two. McCarthy won her team-best seventh game of the season pitching seven innings and allowing eight hits, two runs and striking out three batters.

Gustafson, the fifth year head coach at SCCC picked up her 150th career victory on Thursday in the Lady Saints 13-0 (run-rule) win against Pratt C.C. Gustafson owns the second highest winning percentage of any active Jayhawk West Conference coach (.603) and has an overall record of 152-100 at SCCC. Third year Butler C.C. head coach Doug Chance (87-35, .713) currently owns the highest winning percentage among conference head coaches. In addition, Gustafson (2005) and Chance (2006) are the last two head coaches to be named Jayhawk West Conference Coach of the Year.

Seward County will start a three week road trip starting on Tuesday, Mar. 6, at Hutchinson Community College for a Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.