The National Junior College Athletic Association has named Seward County Community College softball players Jennifer Collins and Stephanie McCarthy as the National Division I Player and Pitcher of the week, respectively, for the week ending March 30. The Lady Saints were led by Collins and McCarthy during their perfect 4-0 week with doubleheader sweeps against Cloud County Community College and Clarendon College. The Seward County softball program has now had five players who have been named National Player or Pitcher of the Week.

Collins, a 5-foot-8-inch first baseman from Conquitlam, British Columbia, batted .636 going 7-for-11 last week with two runs scored, four doubles, a home run, nine RBI and a team-leading 1.273 slugging percentage. The freshman power hitter started the week going 2-for-2 in the second game of the doubleheader against Cloud County with two doubles and three RBI. In the Lady Saints sweep against Clarendon, Collins went 5-for-6 with two runs scored, two doubles, a home run and four RBI.

This season Collins is second on the team in batting average (.459), hits (50) and doubles (12). Collins has also collected six home runs, 40 RBI and a .734 slugging percentage.

McCarthy, a 5-foot-4-inch right-handed pitcher from Colorado Springs, Colo., pitched in three games for Seward County last week, marking a 3-0 record with two complete games and one relief appearance where she earned the win. McCarthy had a 1.62 earned run average pitching in 13 innings, allowing 12 hits, three runs, two walks and totaled six strikeouts.

McCarthy leads the Lady Saints pitching staff this season in wins (18), ERA (1.95), games pitched (23), games started (20) and complete games (17).

Former Seward County NJCAA Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week Selections:
2006: Becky Holland (Pitcher); 2005: Becky Holland (Pitcher), Sarah Wittwer (Pitcher)