Seward County Community College returned to Lamar Community College on Tuesday to finish a four-game non-conference baseball series that started with the Saints sweeping the Runnin’ Lopes on Feb. 24. The Saints started Tuesday’s doubleheader with a 4-2 victory, but committed four errors in game-two while allowing three unearned runs in an eight-inning 3-4 loss at Merchants’ Park in Lamar, Colo. Seward County (6-8) will now prepare for the start of Jayhawk West competition starting this Saturday with a four-game conference series at Colby Community College (4-6). Lamar is now 10-7 overall this season.

Seward started the game with a lead-off double from freshman Caleb Nine, and a single from catcher David Masters. Both players scored in the inning as freshman second baseman Trent Martinez collected a RBI with a sacrifice fly to give the Saints a 2-0 lead.

Saints’ sophomore left-handed pitcher Christian Kowalchuk earned the victory in a pre-determined two inning outing. Kowalchuk allowed two hits and posted three strikeouts in his first win of the season.

Seward improved its lead to 4-0 with two runs in the top of the seventh inning, and held off a late rally by Lamar as Jordan McClintick struck out LCC center fielder Zach Krueger with a runner at second base to end the game.

Freshman Austin Vanderwork recorded a RBI in his only at bat (sacrifice fly), and Keegan Morrow was the only Saint to record a multi-hit game going 2-for-3.

The Saints used 22 players in game-two’s extra-inning loss. Sophomore catcher Brock Gifford hit a two-run single in the third inning to give the Saints a 2-0 lead. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Tyler Binkley pitched well for the Saints in his first start of the season. Binkley pitched three innings, where he allowed two hits and struck out one.

Lamar scored three runs (two unearned) in the bottom of the fifth inning, before the Saints tied the game, 3-3, on a bases loaded RBI walk by sophomore outfielder Luke Hardcastle.

The Runnin’ Lopes scored the winning run in the eighth inning after Ryan Serna reached base on an error, and then scored on a double by third baseman Sam Serna.

Seward County freshman designated hitter Wade English went 2-for-4, and Gifford (1-for-3) led all players with two RBI.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Tomas Cruz suffered his first loss of the season as he pitched the eighth inning for Seward County.

The Saints finish the four-game non-conference series with Lamar by winning 3-of-4 games. Since 2004, Seward County leads the overall series against Lamar, 9-7.