The Seward County Community College baseball team won two games in the opening doubleheader of a four-game non-conference series at Lamar Community College on Sunday afternoon at Merchants’ Park in Lamar, Colo. The No. 25 ranked Saints snapped a five-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory in the opener, and finished the doubleheader sweep with a 6-3 win in 10 innings in game-two. Seward County improves to 3-5 overall this season and Lamar falls to 6-4 overall this season.

In game-one, Seward County evened the score at 1-1 when sophomore Will Gowdy led off the fourth inning with a double to left field, and then scored on designated hitter Brock Gifford’s single to right field.

Starting pitcher Tomas Cruz gave Seward County another stellar performance on the mound pitching six innings, and allowing six hits, one run, one walk and tallying seven strikeouts in the victory. Cruz is 2-0 this season with a 0.75 earned run average, and 14 strikeouts with just one walk.

The Saints scored the eventual winning run when Caleb Nine doubled home Gifford in the top of the sixth inning. Nine (1-for-3) and Gifford (1-for-2) were the only SCCC players with a RBI. Lead-off hitter Keegan Morrow went 2-for-3 and was the only player in the game to post multiple hits.

Sophomore reliever Jordan McClintick pitched a scoreless seventh inning to earn his first save of the season.

Game-two was a 10-inning thriller that featured both teams combining for nine runs, including five runs in the 10th frame. The Saints took a 2-1 lead on freshman Trent Martinez’ s lead-off home run in the top of the seventh inning.

McClintick, who entered in relief for the third straight game, retired the first two batters in the seventh inning on consecutive fly-ball outs to right field before nine-hole hitter Evan Claus tied the game with a home run to right field.

McClintick finished the game on the mound for the Saints and was given the support needed for the victory by the Saints’ hitters who produced four runs in the top of the 10th inning. Sophomore Luke Hardcastle collected a RBI double to left field, and sophomore Erik Hansen scored the final two runs for the Saints with a two-run RBI double to center field.

McClintick threw four innings while picking up two strikeouts. Freshman right-handed pitcher Bobby Doran was the Saints’ starter in game-two. Doran pitched effectively through six innings, allowing five hits, one run, one walk and collecting seven strikeouts.

Leading Seward County offensively was Gifford (2-for-4), Hardcastle (2-for-5, run, RBI), Martinez (1-for-4, two runs, RBI) and Hansen (2-for-4, two RBI).

Seward will now prepare for their upcoming non-conference four-game series against Texarkana College (7-4) on March 1-2, in Dallas, Texas. The Saints and Bulldogs will play two doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday with scheduled start times at noon for both days.