Saint Francis softball sweeps DH, wins 27th consecutive conference game


The Saint Francis Softball team hit six homers on Saturday in a doubleheader sweep over Central Connecticut State at the Red Flash Softball Field.  The Red Flash won 4-2 in game one, on a walkoff two-run homer by Sierra McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois), and 9-2 in game two.  Saint Francis improved to 28-17 overall and 8-0 in the NEC.  The Blue Devils fell to 14-25 overall and 5-5 in conference play. 
Before game one, the Red Flash honored seniors Alexis Bower (Cogan Station, Pa./Williamsport Area), Madison Cabell (Ivor, Va./Southampton) and Jordan Seneca (Plum, Pa./Plum) as part of Senior Day.  The group has led SFU to 142 wins over the last four years and led the Red Flash to last year’s NEC Title, NCAA Tournament appearance and NCAA Tournament win, all firsts in program history.
With the sweep, the Red Flash has now won 27 straight NEC games, the longest active conference win streak in Division I. Overall, SFU is riding an eight-game win streak.
In four home games this season, the Red Flash has outscored its opponents 31-4.
The Red Flash hit six homers on Saturday, giving the team 53 on the season.  On Saturday, Hayley Norton (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) hit two homers, with Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois), Sierra McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois), Jordan Seneca (Plum, Pa./Plum) and Kassidy Troxell (Navarre, Ohio/Perry) each hitting one.  The Red Flash has six players who have hit at least five homers this year.
Norton homered twice in game two, accomplishing that for the second time in her career.  She also homered twice against Bryant on April 23, 2016.  Norton homered in her first two at-bats of the game, with the second being her first career grand slam.  Norton drove in six runs, becoming the first Red Flash with six RBI in a game since Jordan Seneca (Plum, Pa./Plum)’s eight against Texas Tech on March 16, 2017.
With Norton’s slam in game two, the Red Flash has hit a grand slam in three of its last four games.  Madison Cabell (Ivor, Va./Southampton) hit one last Sunday against LIU Brooklyn and Sierra McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) hit one on Wednesday at Penn State.  SFU has hit five grand slams this season.
The Red Flash continues NEC play on Sunday with a twinbill against Bryant.  Game one will begin at Noon at the Red Flash Softball Field with a broadcast on NEC Front Row.  The Bulldogs are 12-23 overall and 6-4 in the NEC after sweeping Robert Morris on Saturday.
Game 1
Abby Trahan (Kaplan, La./Kaplan) fired a complete game for her 21st win of the season. The sophomore gave up two runs on three hits.  She walked four and struck out nine.  Trahan retired 11 straight batters between the third and seventh innings.  Trahan now has 23 complete games and passed the 200-inning mark on the season.
Sophomore Peyton Silverman got the start for CCSU.  In 6.2 innings of work, she gave up four runs on seven hits.  She struck out five and walked four batters.
The Red Flash collected four runs on seven hits.  Sierra McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) hit a walkoff two-run homer and scored two runs.  Jordan Seneca (Plum, Pa./Plum) added a solo homer.  Mikayla Bower (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport) collected two hits, while Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) had a triple and scored a run. 
CCSU had two runs on three hits.  Brittany Camara had a single and drove in a run. Giuliana Hathaway had a double and a run, while Sydney Bolan drove in a run.  Lex Debrosse added a single.
The Blue Devils got on the board in the top of the third.  Kaitlin Paterson drew a one-out walk before a single by Debrosse put runners on the corners.  A grounder to short by Bolan resulted in a fielder’s choice, allowing Paterson to cross the plate and give CCSU a 1-0 advantage.
The Red Flash answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth.  Sierra McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) worked a two-out walk before Bower sent a single up the middle.  Taylor Hoover (Phillipsburg, Ohio/Northmont) lined a single to left to bring home McKee and tie the game at 1-1.
Saint Francis added a run in the fifth inning.  With one out and a 3-1 count, Seneca blasted a ball over the wall in left-center for a solo homer.  Seneca’s fourth of the season gave the Red Flash a 2-1 lead.
CCSU tied the game in the top of the seventh. Hathaway hit a line drive down the left field line for a leadoff double.  A sacrifice bunt by Tori Constantin moved Hathaway to second.  Two batters later, Camara hit a fly ball to center to drive in Hathaway for a sacrifice fly.
Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) led off the bottom of the seventh with a fly ball that landed on the warning track for a triple.  With two outs, Sierra McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) sent a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right for a two-run walkoff homer.
Game 2
Adrian Smith (Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville) started in the circle in game two.  Smith fired a complete game, allowing two runs on five hits.  She walked four batters and struck out nine.  It was Smith’s ninth complete game of the season.
Senior Emily Sargent started for the Blue Devils.  In a complete game, she gave up nine runs on 10 hits, with three walks and five strikeouts.
Saint Francis tallied nine runs on 10 hits.  Hayley Norton (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) led the offense with two homers, including a grand slam, and six RBI.  Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) went two-for-three with a two-run homer and three runs.  Kassidy Troxell (Navarre, Ohio/Perry) had a three-hit performance, including a solo homer, and two runs.  Taylor Hoover (Phillipsburg, Ohio/Northmont) added a double, while Sierra McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) and Brittney Crawford (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon McMillan) each had a base hit.
CCSU had two runs on five hits.  Tori Constantin contributed a double, while Gianna Hathaway had a single and a run.  Giuliana Hathaway also scored a run, while Kerri Dadalski had an RBI.
The Red Flash jumped out to a two-run lead in the first inning.  Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) sent the first pitch of her at-bat to center for a single.  Norton blasted her first pitch over the wall in left-center for a two-run shot. Norton’s seventh of the season gave SFU a 2-0 lead.
CCSU cut the SFU lead to 2-1 in the top of the second.  The Blue Devils loaded the bases with a single by Gianna Hathaway and walks by Giuliana Hathaway and Constantin.  On a wild pitch, Gianna Hathaway crossed the plate for a run.
Saint Francis added four runs on a grand slam in the second.  Hoover led off the inning with a double down the line in left.  Troxell singled to put runners on the corners before Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  With two outs, Norton sent a fly ball to right that just cleared the fence for a grand slam.  It was Norton’s first career grand slam and SFU third in the last four games.  The Red Flash led 6-1 after the second.
The Blue Devils plated a run in the top of the fourth.  A walk by Giuliana Hathaway was followed by a double to left by Constantin.  Pinch-hitter Dadalski sent a grounder to second base to bring home Hathaway and cut the CCSU deficit to 6-2.
The Red Flash drove in three runs, on two homers, in the sixth.  Leading off the inning, Troxell sent a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right-center for her sixth dinger of the season.  After a pinch-hit single by Crawford, Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) launched a 2-1 pitch over the fence in left-center.  McKee’s fifth homer of the season gave SFU a 9-2 lead.

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