The Seward County Community College baseball team swept Pratt Community College 12-2 (five innings) and 5-3 on Sunday afternoon at Brent Gould Field in Liberal. The Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader sweep is the first for the Saints this season. Sophomore Erik Hegstad hit three home runs and sophomore Toby Davis launched two home runs for the Saints in the doubleheader. The Saints improve to 18-14 overall this season and to 5-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference. Ninth-place Pratt falls to 0-4 overall and to 0-4 in Jayhawk West Conference play. The Saints are currently in second-place in the Western Division.

Seward County broke the game open with a run in the first inning and six runs in the second frame. Davis led off the second inning with a solo blast to center field and Hegstad completed the six run inning with a three-run shot to left field.

Seward County starting pitcher Christian Kowalchuk had no trouble with the Beavers pitching a complete game that was shortened to five-innings due to the mercy rule. Kowalchuk allowed five hits, two earned runs and posted five strikeouts. The Saints also had a big inning in the fifth, scoring five runs to end the game. In the fifth, Davis recorded his second home run of the game and sophomore Stu Schlemeyer singled to center field to score catcher Luke Hardcastle for the run-rule victory.

Hegstad went 2-for-3 with a season-high four RBI and Davis finished game-one going 2-for-3 with three RBI. Other Saints with multi-hits were Kai Kirby (2-for-4), Schlemeyer (2-for-4 with three RBI) and Hardcastle (2-for-3).

Kowalchuk is now 3-1 with a save on the season in a team-high 38 innings pitched. He has recorded a 5.68 earned run average with 33 strikeouts in seven starts on the mound.

In game two, the Saints and Beavers were scoreless until the third inning when the Saints grabbed a 3-2 lead. Seward recorded all three runs on an opposite field home run by the left-handed hitting Rindels on a full-count pitch. Rindels (four-hole hitter) and the top three batters in the Saints line-up carried the team going a combined 6-for-11 with all of the teams five RBI and five runs scored. The rest of the Saints line-up combined went 1-for-14 at the plate.

Seward County started right-handed freshman Nathaniel Weems, who pitched three innings allowing four hits and two runs before exiting the game. Relief pitcher Eric Everson earned the win for SCCC allowing two walks and two hits with a strikeout in 2.1 innings on the mound. Freshman right-handed pitcher Tomas Cruz picked up his first career save pitching 1.2 innings while scattering two base hits.

Hegstad’s two-run blast to left field in the fifth inning put SCCC on top for good with a 5-2 lead before Pratt could score one run in the seventh inning. Hegstad went 2-for-3 and Rindels ended a 0-for-14 slump going 2-for-3 with a double, home run and three RBI.

The Saints will play Garden City Community College (18-10, 4-2) in a 1 p.m. Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader on Wednesday, Mar. 28 at Williams Stadium in Garden City.