Freshman pitcher Courtney Auger threw back-to-back complete games on Tuesday afternoon to lead Seward County Community College to a Division I Region VI District doubleheader split with No. 8 Butler Community College at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal. The Lady Saints scored three runs in the fifth inning to collect a 5-4 victory in game-one, but dropped the nightcap after allowing three unearned runs in a 3-2 defeat. Seward County is now 4-6 on the season while Butler is currently 7-3 this season.

In game-one, Seward County held a 2-0 lead until the fifth inning when Butler took the lead scoring three runs (two earned) on two base hits. The Lady Saints immediately answered as sophomore Lindsay Garchinski hit a home run to left field, Jennifer Collins hit a double to left field and scored on Melissa St. Clairís single to right field. SCCC freshman center fielder Katelyn Glenn then scored St. Clair on a single to left field to give Seward a 5-3 advantage.

Garchinski went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI while St. Clair posted a 3-for-4 performance at the plate with a run scored and two RBI. Garchinski is now batting .515 this season with a team-high three home runs.

Augerís defense got her out of a sixth-inning jam with an unconventional 5-3-2 double-play to end the potential Butler scoring threat.

The Lady Grizzlies once again threatened in the seventh inning after Andrea New homered to bring BCC within a run (5-4) with two outs. Butler sophomore left fielder Jessica Matlock then hit a triple past a diving Jamie Gilbert down the right field line to put the tying run at third base. Auger completed the victory by striking out Butlerís starting pitcher Lauren Supak to end the game.

Auger recorded her third win of the season by throwing seven innings, allowing eight hits, four runs, and two walks with nine strikeouts.

The Lady Saints committed two errors and allowed three unearned runs in the game-two loss as Auger once again pitched a strong game in the circle for Seward County. Auger, a freshman right-handed pitcher from Edmonton, Alberta, has now pitched in 41.1 innings, where she has recorded a 2.03 earned run average, 49 strikeouts and allowed 18 walks.

Seward County first baseman Jennifer Collins went 4-for-6 in the doubleheader, including a 2-for-3 effort in game-two with a RBI single to left field in the third inning to tie the score at 2-2. Collins, a NJCAA Pre-Season All-American, is currently batting .548 with four doubles and a team-high nine RBI.

The Lady Saints will host Barton County Community College for a Division I Region VI District doubleheader on Thursday, March 6, at 2 p.m. at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal.