The Seward County Community College baseball team has lost five straight games, including a four-game sweep by Northeastern Colorado Junior College. The Plainsmen took the two opening games of the four-game set on Tuesday, and they finished the four-game sweep with two victories, 12-7 and 3-0, over the Saints on Friday afternoon at Brent Gould Field in Liberal. The Saintsí defense committed seven errors leading to 12 unearned runs for the Plainsmen. The No. 25-nationally ranked Saints drop to 1-5 overall and Northeastern Colorado is now 6-2 overall this season.

Seward County was in control of game-one through the opening three innings. The Saints jumped on the scoreboard with four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Freshman center fielder Keegan Morrow walked, and then Will Gowdy, Michael Drzazga and Brock Gifford all reached base on hit-by-pitches. Sophomore shortstop Austin Roff followed with a two-run RBI double to left field giving the Saints the early cushion.

Then the Saints suffered a nightmare in the fourth inning. Northeastern Colorado sent 15 batters to the plate and tallied nine runs (all unearned) with six base hits and 13 players reaching base. The inning began with three straight Plainsmen batters reaching base on three consecutive errors by the Saintsí infield.

Seward was only able to add one run in the fifth and two runs in the seventh inning. The Saints went through five pitchers in game-one, which combined allowed 14 base hits and four walks.

The Saints were led offensively in game-one by Morrow (2-for-3), Drzazga (1-for-2, two RBI), Roff (1-for-3, two RBI) and Gowdy (1-for-3, two runs).

Kowalchuk lasted only 3.1 innings, allowing four hits, five runs (one earned run), and two walks while collecting four strikeouts. SCCC freshmen Roldan Ochoa (2.1 IP, three hits, two runs) and Mario Bosquez (1 IP, one hit, one strikeout) each made their collegiate debut in relief for the Saints.

Northeastern Colorado was led by third baseman Sam Feiner (4-for-4, two RBI) and Curtis Burback (2-for-5, three RBI). Burback finished the four-game series batting .500 (7-of-14) with five RBI.

The Saints suffered their first shutout in 35 games dating back to last season (5-0, vs. South Mountain C.C.) as Northeastern Colorado sophomore right-handed pitcher Arvin Perez dominated the Saints allowing three hits in 6.2 innings. Perez posted 10 strikeouts before being relieved by Colton Williams, who earned picked up the save.

Despite recording only three base hits, the Saints had opportunities with runners on base but finished the game stranding seven runners on base. Morrow (1-for-4), Gowdy (1-for-3) and freshman designated hitter Seth Larman (1-for-2) were the only Seward County players to record a base hit.

Saintsí freshman left-handed pitcher Austin Terhune was the losing pitcher, as he pitched five innings, allowing four hits, three runs (only one earned) and three walks with two strikeouts.

Seward County will continue play against another Region IX opponent this coming Sunday and Monday traveling to Lamar, Colo., to take on Lamar Community College (6-2) for a four-game non-conference series at Merchantsí Park. The Saints and Runniní Lopes are scheduled for a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Sunday, Feb. 24, and a noon first-pitch on Monday, Feb. 25.