The Seward County Community College softball team suffered a doubleheader sweep at No. 25 Vernon College, 4-1 and 7-6, on Saturday afternoon in Vernon, Texas, at Wade Kirk Softball Field. The Lady Saints have now lost three straight games, despite posting double-figure hit totals in each game on Saturday, and combining for 21 total hits against Vernon in the non-conference doubleheader. Seward County drops to 1-3 overall this season while Vernon College improves to 10-3 overall.

Vernon tallied two runs in the opening inning off Lady Saints’ starting pitcher Courtney Auger, with two unearned runs and just one hit to take the early 2-0 lead. Seward County’s offense struggled with seven strikeouts in the first three innings. The Lady Saints scored their only run in the third inning when sophomore Lindsay Garchinski hit a RBI double to left field scoring Katelyn Glenn, who reached base on an infield single.

Seward County out-hit the Lady Chaparrals in the opener (10-6), but allowed three-unearned runs and tallied nine strikeouts at the plate. SCCC received base hits from 8-of-9 starters, and were led offensively by sophomore Jennifer Collins (2-for-4) and Garchinski (2-for-4, RBI). Auger pitched six innings, allowing six hits, four runs (one earned), two walks and posting eight strikeouts. Auger has now collected 24 strikeouts in 15.1 innings pitched this season.

In game-two, the Lady Chaps offense recorded two runs in both the first and second innings to take a 4-1 lead. After trailing 5-1 following the fourth inning, Seward County mounted a comeback scoring four runs in the fifth frame. Garchinski led off with an infield single and was joined on base by Collins who was issued a walk. Sophomore catcher Melissa St. Clair drove home Garchinski with a deep double to center field, and Collins also scored on a single from sophomore second baseman Rachel Adaza.

In the sixth inning Seward County took the lead on a RBI single by Collins, driving home Glenn to give the Lady Saints a 6-5 lead. Vernon answered right away scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and by holding the Lady Saints in the seventh to complete the doubleheader sweep.

Seward County received multi-hit games from four players, including a combined 6-for-8 effort from the 3-5 hole hitters (Garchinski, Collins, St. Clair). Also adding a multi-hit game was freshman designated player Jamie Gilbert (2-for-4). Garchinski is now batting .615 (8-for-13) this season with a team-leading five RBI and 1.231 slugging percentage.

Lady Saints’ freshman right-handed pitcher Cara Russell went the distance in her second start of the season. Russell allowed 14 hits, seven runs, two walks and posted one strikeout.

Seward County will be back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 27, traveling to play Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa (4-3) for a 2 p.m. non-conference doubleheader.