The Seward County Community College baseball team hosted Rose State College for a four-game non-conference series on Tuesday and Wednesday at Brent Gould Field in Liberal. The Saints dropped the first game of the series, 1-2, but bounced back winning the final three games, 6-2, 12-3, 7-4, to improve their overall season record to 14-12 overall. Rose State drops to 7-15 overall this season. Sophomore Erik Hansen went 8-for-11 with two doubles, a triple and four RBI in the series to lead Seward County. Hansen is now among team leaders batting .393 this season, raising his batting average 82 points following the four-game series with the Raiders.

The Saints dropped game-one 2-1, as Rose State starting pitcher Kevin Hyde pitched a seven-inning complete game scattering eight hits, one run and two walks. Saintsí starting pitcher Jordan McClintick (4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER) received a no-decision while reliever Rafe Alvarez suffered his first loss of the season. Alvarez threw two innings and allowed three this, two earned runs and one walk. Hansen led Seward County at the plate going 3-for-3 with a RBI, and David Masters went 2-for-4 for SCCC.

Seward County snapped a two game losing skid with a 6-2 victory in game-two. Freshman right-handed pitcher Corey Collins earned his first collegiate victory throwing five innings and allowing just one hit, two walks and tallying six strikeouts. Michael Drzazga went 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI to lead the Saints. Seward also got offensive production from Brock Gifford (2-for-3, RBI), Keegan Morrow (2-for-3) and Hansen (2-for-3).

The largest margin of victory for the Saints in the series came in game three, when SCCC defeated the Raiders 12-3. Freshman Jon Bartlotti got the start for the Saints and was the winning pitcher, as he threw four innings while allowing six hits, three earned runs with four strikeouts. Mario Bosquez, a freshman from Liberal, made his fourth appearance of the season and posted a season-high three innings on the mound. Bosquez continues to lead the Saints this season with a perfect 0.00 earned run average in six-innings pitched.

Several players had big games at the plate for the Saints, including Will Gowdy (3-for-4, double, four RBI), Austin Roff (2-for-4, double, three RBI), Hansen (2-for-4, double, triple, two RBI) and Masters (2-for-4, RBI).

Morrow made the start and recorded the victory on the mound for Seward County in the final game of the series. He allowed six hits, two earned runs and one walk in four innings pitched. Alvarez also made an appearance throwing two innings in relief. Bartlotti (2-for-3, two RBI), Drzazga (3-for-3, double, triple, RBI), Hansen (1-for-1, double, RBI) and Gifford (1-for-2, double, RBI) paced the Saintsí offense.

Seward County will be back in Jayhawk West Conference play starting Friday, March 21, taking on Butler Community College (13-12, 5-7) at 1 p.m. at McDonald Stadium in El Dorado for a conference doubleheader. The Saints and Grizzlies will finish their four-game conference series on Saturday, March 22, with a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

Seward County enters the conference series in third-place in the Jayhawk West while Butler currently is in seventh-place. The Saints and Grizzlies were co-conference champions last season with a 23-9 league record.