The Seward County Community College baseball team split the final doubleheader of the four-game Jayhawk West Conference series against Colby Community College on Sunday afternoon in Colby, Kan. The Saints edged out the Trojans 7-6 in extra-innings, before falling 4-6 in the nightcap. The Saints didnít commit an error on the day, but a strong pitching performance by Scott Hornstra in game-two left the Saints leaving with a four-game split against Colby in their first league series of the season. Seward County is now 8-10 overall and 2-2 in the Jayhawk West. Colby is now 8-8 overall and 6-2 in conference play.

Seward County held a 6-3 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning when Colby rallied for three runs to send the game into extra-innings. The Saints only needed the eighth to win the game as Erik Hansen reached base with a double and later scored on a RBI single from freshman shortstop David Cruz. Hansen went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, and freshman center fielder Keegan Morrow led all players going 3-for-5 with four RBI.

Sophomore closer Jordan McClintick picked up the win in relief of Saintsí starting pitcher Christian Kowalchuk. McClintick is now tied for the team-high with three wins on the season.

The Trojans used a six-run fourth inning off Saints starting pitcher Tyler Binkley to preserve the doubleheader split. Colby was led by Brennan Peterson (2-for-3, two RBI) and Aaron Dunsmore (2-for-3) while the Saints were led by Morrow, who was the only Seward County player to record multiple RBI.

Cruz tallied his second multi-hit game going 2-for-2 with a run scored in the final game of the series. Hornstra pitched a complete game for the Trojans, allowing eight hits, four runs, and one walk while recording 10 strikeouts.

Binkley pitched four innings and suffered the loss allowing eight hits, six runs (six earned runs), two walks and collecting one strikeout.

Seward County head coach Galen McSpadden will look to win his 400th career Jayhawk West Conference game this weekend as the Saints host Cloud County Community College, March 15-16, with a pair of 1 p.m. conference doubleheaders at Brent Gould Field in Liberal.

McSpadden, now in his 27th year at Seward County, currently owns a 399-197 (.669) Jayhawk West Conference career record. The NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee will also look to win career game No. 900 this season. McSpadden is 882-485 in his head coaching career at SCCC, which ranks him second all-time in Region VI history for career victories.