Entering Tuesday’s non-conference doubleheader, the Seward County Community College softball team had the fourth best team winning percentage in the nation. After sweeping Clarendon College 5-4 and 11-2 (five-innings), the No. 20 nationally-ranked Lady Saints pushed their team winning percentage even higher as they improve their overall record to 31-5 (.861) overall this season. Jennifer Collins hit the game winning home run in the sixth inning in game-one, and Stephanie McCarthy earned both wins on the mound pitching in a total of eight innings for Seward County as they recorded their 12th doubleheader sweep of the season. Seward County also improved to 10-0 at Lady Saints Softball Field this season where they have scored at least 10 runs in seven of the 10 games on their home field.

The Lady Bulldogs of Clarendon posted an early 3-0 lead in game-one, with solo home runs in the first and second inning and another run in the third. The Lady Saints came charging back with four runs in the bottom of the third inning with a two-run double by Collins, and RBI singles from Rachel Balencia and Sarah Venegas.

Clarendon knocked out SCCC starting pitcher Dana McLaren in fifth inning after a lead-off double by Dalila Marroquin and single by left fielder Lezlie Lumbreras. McCarthy entered the inning and allowed only one of the inherited runners to score on a sacrifice fly as Clarendon evened the score at 4-4.

Collins provided the game winning blast on a 0-1 pitch to lead-off the sixth inning, as she hit a towering home run to center field. McCarthy finished off the Lady Bulldogs with a perfect 1-2-3 inning in the seventh on six pitches to end the game.

McCarthy pitched three innings and allowed just one base hit while striking out two batters to pick up the win. Collins led the offense going 2-for-3 with a double, home run and three RBI.

In game-two, Clarendon plated runs in the opening two frames to grab a 2-0 lead. Just like the first game of the doubleheader Seward County came right back and took over the game with seven runs in the third inning. The explosive attack was sparked by nine hits, including three extra base hits as 13 batters came to the plate for SCCC.

The Lady Saints continued to score runs with a RBI single by Collins in the fourth inning and Meisha Patterson’s two-run home run that ended the game in a 10 run-rule fashion in the fifth inning.

McCarthy went the distance on the mound for Seward County in game-two allowing eight hits, two runs and two walks. McCarthy is now 17-2 this season with a team-best 1.77 earned run average with 39 strikeouts in 102.2 innings pitched. Collins went 3-for-3 in game-two, and is currently leading Seward County with a .469 batting average and is among team leaders with 12 doubles, four home runs and 35 RBI.

Sophomore Lili Franco (3-for-3) and Rachel Balencia (2-for-3 with two RBI) also recorded multi-hit games for Seward County.

The Lady Saints will host Neosho County Community College (9-15, 1-3 District) for a 1 p.m. Region VI District doubleheader on Sunday, Apr. 1 at Lady Saints Softball Field.