The record breaking season for the Seward County Community College softball team continued on Tuesday afternoon with a pair of non-conference run-rule victories against Brown Mackie College 10-2 (five-innings) and 17-0 (five-innings) at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal. The Lady Saints have now won 15 straight games, and have won 34 of their last 36 games played. Seward County launched five home runs against Brown Mackie, with five players posting homers to break the single-season team record for home runs. The previous record was set last season with 46 home runs. The No. 17 Lady Saints now have 51 home runs for the season. Seward County improves to 37-5 overall and remains 10-0 in the Jayhawk West and 8-0 in District play. Brown Mackie falls to 4-18 overall this season.

It took a few innings for Seward County to get their offense started in game-one, being no-hit through the first three frames. Brown Mackie actually held a 2-1 lead after scoring runs in the second and third inning before the Lady Saints tallied a run in the fourth inning and erupted for nine runs in the fifth inning, sending the game into to the ten-run mercy rule.

The Lady Saints offense came alive in the fifth inning with six straight hits as Lili Franco led off the inning with a triple to right field and then scored on a two-run home run to left field by Melissa St. Clair. Seward County left fielder Lindsay Garchinski singled to center field and then advanced to second base on a passed ball. Sophomore Haley Martin hit an infield single, and then Garchinski and Martin scored on a three-run home run to center field from lead-off hitter Meisha Patterson. Patterson, the teamís leader in stolen bases (22-for-25) also leads the team in home runs hitting her 11th of the season.

The big inning continued with a RBI single from Sarah Venegas and a two-run double to left field by NJCAA National Player of the Week, Jennifer Collins. The game ended when Garchinski hit a single to left field to score Franco, who reached base on a walk.

Seward County starting pitcher Dana McLaren earned the win, improving her season record to 17-3 with a 2.25 earned run average. McLaren posted five strikeouts while scattering six hits and allowing two runs (one earned run).

In game-two, the Lady Saints shutdown Brown Mackie with a strong pitching outing from sophomore Stephanie McCarthy (5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 SO) and an offensive onslaught which saw SCCC record 14 base hits. Seward County scored a run in the first inning, before recording 12 runs on 10 hits in the second inning. The Lady Saints continued to score with two runs in the third inning and two runs in the fourth inning. Five Seward County players posted multi-hit games with Franco leading the way with a 3-for-4 performance. Martin hit her second home run of the season and led the team with five RBI, going 2-for-3 in game-two.

Franco has been outstanding at the plate for Seward County this season batting .452 (47-for-104) with 48 runs scored, five doubles, two triples and 25 RBI. The most amazing fact is that Franco has more home runs than strikeouts this season with 10 home runs and only nine strikeouts. In addition, Franco received two walks on Tuesday breaking the all-time school record for walks in a single-season with 31.

Seward County will next be in action when they travel to Barton County Community College on Thursday, April 12 for a 3 p.m. District doubleheader in Great Bend, Kan.