The Seward County Community College softball team dropped a doubleheader against No. 1 nationally-ranked Eastern Arizona College, 4-0 and 9-1 (five innings), on Tuesday afternoon in Thatcher, Ariz. The Lady Saints are scheduled to play seven games in Arizona during their spring break trip this week. Seward County drops to 12-10 overall and Eastern Arizona improves to 33-6 overall this season.

Seward County faced one of the premier pitchers in the nation during game-one, posting 13 strikeouts against Eastern Arizona starter Noe Esperas. The Lady Saints dropped the game 4-0, collecting only three base this from sophomore Jennifer Collins, and from freshmen Tasia McEntire and Katelyn Glenn.

Esperas, a right-handed pitcher from Kaneohe, Hawaii, currently ranks second in the nation with 167 strikeouts. She is 17-2 and is 11th in the NJCAA with a 0.63 earned run average in 110 innings in the circle.

Lady Saintsí starting pitcher Courtney Auger also pitched well striking out 10 batters while scattering five base hits and allowing two earned runs. Auger is currently eighth in the NJCAA in strikeouts this season (113).

Sophomore first baseman Jennifer Collins went 2-for-3 in game-two and recorded the only RBI for Seward County on the day. Freshman Alicia Gonzales added a multi-hit game (2-for-2) while Glenn (1-for-2) and freshmen Jamie Gilbert (1-for-2) also had base hits.

The Lady Saints will continue play in Arizona on Thursday, March 20, taking on South Mountain Community College in a non-conference doubleheader at 2 p.m. SCCC will complete play on their spring break trip on Friday, March 21, competing in the Central Arizona Tournament in Coolidge, Ariz. The Lady Saints will face a demanding schedule on Friday against No. 3 Pima Community College (23-5), No. 6 Central Arizona College (28-5) and No. 1 (D-II) Phoenix College (36-4). All games played on Friday will be seven-inning contests.