The Northeastern Colorado Junior College baseball team opened its road schedule with two victories over No. 25 Seward County Community College, 6-4 and 3-2, on Tuesday afternoon at Brent Gould Field in Liberal. The Saints allowed a 4-1 lead to slip away in game-one, and the Plainsmen took advantage of a defensive miscue from the Saints in game-two to score three runs (one earned) in the fourth inning to post the doubleheader sweep. The Saints (1-3, 0-0) have now lost three straight games for the first time since the end of the 2006 regular season. Northeastern Colorado improves to 4-2 overall this season.

Seward took an early 2-0 lead scoring runs in the first inning with RBIs from sophomores Will Gowdy (single) and Austin Roff (sacrifice fly). After Northeastern Colorado added a run in their half of the second inning, the Saints received a two-run RBI single to left field from sophomore catcher David Masters.

Saintsí starting pitcher Jordan McClintick was removed from the game in the fifth inning after allowing back-to-back doubles by Danny Brock and Curtis Burback. McClintick pitched four innings, allowing three earned runs, seven hits, and one walk while recording two strikeouts.

The Saints werenít able to pull off the comeback recording four base hits in the final five innings, and stranding a total of five base runners, including two in scoring position.

Masters finished 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI, and Michael Drzazga went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a double for the Saints.

In game-two, Seward County out-hit the Plainsmen (7-6), but allowed three runs (two unearned) in the fourth inning that would give Northeastern Colorado enough for the victory.

Saintsí freshman right-handed pitcher Corey Collins suffered the loss in his college debut pitching four innings, allowing only one earned run, four hits, three walks and collecting two strikeouts. Seward County freshman righty Austin Terhune picked up three scoreless innings in relief for the Saints, where he allowed just two hits and struck out three.

Seward County left fielder Caleb Nine started the Saintsí offense hitting a lead-off triple in the fourth inning, where he would later score on an RBI groundout by sophomore catcher Brock Gifford. Nine was the only Saint to finish with a multi-hit game going 2-for-4 at the plate.

The Saints and Plainsmen will finish their four-game non-conference series on Friday, Feb. 22, with a first-pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at Brent Gould Field in Liberal.