Freshman pitcher Courtney Auger continued her standout season for the Seward County Community College softball team on Saturday afternoon by throwing a five-inning complete-game no-hitter against Trinidad State Junior College, to lead the Lady Saints to a 17-0 run-rule victory in game-one of the non-conference doubleheader at Lady Saints Softball Field. Seward County completed the sweep with a 9-5 victory in game-two. Sophomore Pre-Season All-American Jennifer Collins led the charge at the plate for the Lady Saints going 5-for-7 with seven RBI to help Seward County improve to 3-5 overall this season. Trinidad State drops to 7-12 overall.

Auger faced only 19 batters in her first collegiate no-hitter, throwing five innings, allowing three walks and striking out eight batters. Auger already posted a Seward County school-record 15 strikeouts in the Lady Saintsí season-opener against Lamar C.C. on Feb. 19. After striking out the first four batters of the game, Augerís perfect-game bid ended with a walk to designated player Anneliese Lange in the top of the second inning. Auger has now struck out 36 batters this season in only 27.1 innings pitched.

Seward County received plenty of offense in game-one with its 4-6 hole hitters combining for an 8-for-8 performance at the plate with seven RBI. Collins led the team going 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI. Sophomore catcher Melissa St. Clair went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBI, and sophomore second baseman Rachel Adaza went 2-for-2 with two RBI.

The Lady Saints offense exploded with four runs in the first inning, and followed with a run in the second, nine runs in the third inning and three runs in the fourth frame. The game ended following the top of the fifth inning when Auger recorded strikeouts for two of the three outs to cap off the 17-0 blowout.

The last Seward County no-hitter came almost a year ago when Dana McLaren tossed a seven-inning complete-game shutout in the Lady Saintsí 2-0 victory over Lamar Community College at the Pratt Tournament on Sunday, March 11, in Pratt, Kan.

It was more of the same in game-two as Seward Countyís hitters tallied 14 base hits, and scored three runs in the first inning, and five runs in the fifth inning to put away the visiting Lady Trojans. Trinidad Stateís offense recorded its first base hit of the game in the fourth-inning of game-two, but it was too late as the potent Lady Saintsí offense received multi-hit games from the first four batters of their line-up.

Collins went 2-for-4, Lindsay Garchinski collected two hits (2-for-3) and a stolen base, and Adaza led all players going 3-for-4.

Freshman right-handed pitcher Cara Russell recorded the victory in the circle for the Lady Saints pitching a seven-inning complete-game, allowing eight hits and five runs (three earned), with a career-high 10 strikeouts and two walks.

Seward County will open play against its first Region VI opponent at home on Tuesday, March 4, hosting defending Jayhawk West and Region VI Tournament champion Butler Community College (6-2) for a 1 p.m. District doubleheader at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal.