The Seward County Community College softball team is nearing the half-way point of their 2007 season. On Thursday afternoon Seward County continued their perfect conference season with a sweep on the road at Colby Community College. The Lady Saints defeated Colby 6-0 in game-one and 10-1 in game-two. Sophomore pitcher Dana McLaren tossed her second one-hitter of the season in game-one and sophomore outfielder Haley Martin hit her first career home run in the nightcap. Seward County improves to 22-4 overall, 8-0 in the Jayhawk West and is now 2-0 in District play. Colby falls to 3-11 overall, 1-5 in the Jayhawk West and 2-2 in the District standings.

Seward County jumped out to a 5-0 lead scoring five runs on seven hits with 10 batters coming to the place in the second inning. Sophomore third baseman Jillian Huber collected the big hit with a three run home run to left field, hitting her fourth home run of the season. Sophomores Sarah Venegas and Lili Franco also picked up RBI singles in the inning.

McLaren’s outing was dominating as she only allowed a single to Colby’s lead-off hitter, Chloe Jackson, in the bottom of the first inning. Following the first batter, McLaren retired 21 straight batters for her second one-hitter of the season. McLaren threw seven innings with four strikeouts in her near perfect game outing. McLaren improves to 10-2 with a team-best 2.06 earned run average with 44 strikeouts in 78.1 innings pitched.

Venegas (2-for-4) and freshman Lindsay Garchinski (2-for-4) were the only players with multi-hit games in the opener. Huber led all players with three RBI.

In game-two, the Lady Saints got off to a slow start but finished strong scoring three runs in the sixth inning and five runs in the seventh inning. The Lady Saints posted a narrow 2-1 lead entering the sixth inning when Seward County erupted for eight runs the next two innings.

Stephanie McCarthy tallied her 11th complete game of the season throwing seven innings while scattering five hits and allowing two walks and striking out four batters. McCarthy is now 11-2 this season with a 2.15 ERA.

Leading the way at the plate for Seward County in game-two was Jennifer Collins, who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, home run and four RBI and Martin who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a double, home run and three RBI. Martin’s first career home run was a three run shot to left field that gave Seward County an 8-1 lead. The Lady Saints also welcomed back the addition of infielder Rachel Balencia, who has spent the last several weeks battling an injury. Balencia played in both games for Seward County, and went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two doubles in the nightcap.

The game-two victory marked Seward County fifth year head coach Andrea Gustafson’s 50th career Jayhawk West Conference victory. Overall, Gustafson has posted a 50-24 record in Jayhawk West play since her first season as head coach in 2003. Gustafson has led SCCC to an impressive 33-7 record in conference play since 2005.

Seward County will now head to Phoenix for three non-conference doubleheaders against Glendale Community College (Mar. 18), South Mountain Community College (Mar. 20) and Gateway Community College (Mar. 21). Seward County started their annual spring break trip to Phoenix in 2005, and the past two seasons the Lady Saints have a combined 4-8 overall record against Arizona junior college programs.