The Seward County Community College softball team swept Hutchinson Community College 5-0 and 16-8 in a Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Hutchinson C.C. Seward Countyís pitching staff didnít allow an earned run in the doubleheader and the Lady Saints pounded out 25 base hits including four home runs for their 11th and 12th consecutive victories this season. Seward County improves to 15-3 overall and to 4-0 in the Jayhawk West. Hutchinson falls to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in Western Division competition.

The Lady Saints started game-one with a 1-0 lead on sophomore designated player Sarah Venegasís solo home run to center field in the first inning. Seward County then expanded their lead to 4-0 on a three-run home run to center field by sophomore infielder Jillian Huber. SCCC then added a run in the seventh inning on a bases loaded RBI hit-by-pitch by freshman catcher Melissa St. Clair.

Hutchinson was dominated by SCCC sophomore right-handed pitcher Dana McLaren who threw a seven-inning complete game against the Lady Blue Dragons. McLaren retired the side in order in the second, third and fourth innings and got out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh inning to record her second shutout of the season. McLaren allowed six base hits and struck out one in her complete game effort.

Leading the way for Seward County at the plate in game-one was Venegas (3-for-4), Lili Franco (3-for-4) and Huber (1-for-4 with three RBI).

In game-two, the Lady Saints took over early with seven runs on seven hits in the first inning. Jennifer Collins, Lindsay Garchinski, Haley Martin and Jena Rue all collected RBI base hits in the inning.

Seward tallied another three runs in the third inning to hold a 10-0 lead. The Lady Blue Dragons made a huge comeback in the fourth inning scoring eight runs off Lady Saints starting pitcher Stephanie McCarthy. The eight runs however were all unearned, due to an error in the Lady Saints infield that allowed the Hutchinson rally to continue. Hutchinson sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth inning and trailed the Lady Saints 10-8.

McLaren was then brought into game-two in the fifth inning, where she pitched three strong innings and didnít allow a run to earn the save. McCarthy held onto the win and is now 8-2 this season with a 1.39 earned run average in 50.1 innings pitched.

Seward Countyís offense reacted in the fifth inning with a two-run home run to center field from Jena Rue, and in the seventh inning on a three-run home run by sophomore Lili Franco to left field. Franco, the teams leading hitter is now batting .525 (21-for-40) with 21 runs scored, two doubles, a triple, four home runs and 12 RBI. Franco went 2-for-3 with four RBI in game-two.

Seward County was also led in game-two by Meisha Patterson (2-for-4), Rue (3-for-3, six RBI), Garchinski (2-for-5) and Haley Martin (3-for-5, two RBI).

Seward County will continue Jayhawk West Conference action on Thursday, Mar. 8 traveling to Dodge City Community College for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.