SFU Closes Second Straight Undefeated NEC Regular Season

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 The Saint Francis Softball team finished its second straight undefeated NEC Regular Season with a sweep over Fairleigh Dickinson at the Red Flash Softball Field.  The Red Flash won 5-0 in game one and 12-1, in five innings, in game two.  Saint Francis finished the regular season with a 36-17 overall record and a 16-0 mark in NEC play.  Fairleigh Dickinson ended its season with a 17-26 record, including an 8-8 record in conference.
 
With two wins on Monday, the Red Flash joined Oklahoma (18-0 Big 12) and UMass (21-0 Atlantic 10) as the only Division I teams to go undefeated in its conference regular season this year.  The Red Flash hosts begins the NEC Tournament, which begins on Thursday at Noon.
 
Saint Francis extended its conference win streak to 35 games with today’s sweep.  The Red Flash has tied Fresno State (WAC, 1999-00) for the sixth-longest conference streak in NCAA Division I history.  With its next win, SFU will tie Florida State (ACC, 2016-18) for the fifth-longest streak.  SFU is two wins away from tying Florida (SEC, 2008-09) for the fourth-longest.
 
The Red Flash has won a nation-leading 16 straight games, dating back to April 14.  SFU is five wins away from tying the school-record set last season.  Saint Francis has won 19 straight home games.
 
With her home run in the first game, senior Madison Cabell (Ivor, Va./Southampton) broke the Saint Francis career hits record with her 197 career hits.  She added two more hits, including a homer, in game two to bring her career total to 199.  Cabell also ranks second all-time at SFU with 39 homers and 48 doubles.  She owns the SFU and NEC career record with 184 RBI.
 
Cabell hit two of SFU’s six homers on the day.  Taylor Hoover (Phillipsburg, Ohio/Northmont), Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois), Hayley Norton (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) and Kassidy Troxell (Navarre, Ohio/Perry) each had one homer.  SFU’s six on the day brought its season total to 73, tied with James Madison for second in the nation.  SFU trails Coastal Carolina by two homers. 
 
Troxell hit a grand slam, her second of the year, in game two.  That was Saint Francis’ eighth grand slam of the season, adding to its national lead.  Five of the eight slams have come in NEC play.
 
With a complete-game shutout in game one, Abby Trahan (Kaplan, La./Kaplan) earned her 27th win of the season, two away from the NEC season record, and the 42nd of her career.  She has moved into a tie for fourth all-time at Saint Francis equaling Lexie Chamberlain (1987-90).
 
Adrian Smith (Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville) picked up her ninth win of the season with a complete-game performance in game two in which she struck out seven and did not allow an earned run.
 
Game 1
Abby Trahan (Kaplan, La./Kaplan) picked up her 27th win of the season with her 11th complete-game shutout.  Trahan allowed just three hits and a walk, while striking out five.
 
Baylee Ports started in the circle for FDU.  Ports threw five innings, giving up five runs on five hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Irene Herrera threw a scoreless inning in relief.
 
The Red Flash collected five runs on five hits, including three homers.  Hayley Norton (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) hit a three-run homer, while Madison Cabell (Ivor, Va./Southampton) and Taylor Hoover (Phillipsburg, Ohio/Northmont) added solo shots.  Cheyenne and Sierra McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) each had a single, with Cheyenne scoring a run.  MeKenzie Saban (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) also scored a run.
 
Fairleigh Dickinson tallied three hits.  Summer Mendoza, Logan Kolehmainen and Jaymee Jackson each had a single. 
 
The Red Flash took a one-run lead in the second inning.  With one out, Hoover sent an 0-1 pitch over the wall in dead-center for a solo homer.  Hoover’s third of the season gave SFU a 1-0 advantage.
 
Saint Francis added a run in the third inning.  With two outs, Cabell blasted a 2-2 pitch over the wall in right for her team-high 16th of the season.  The Red Flash led 2-0 after three innings.
 
The Red Flash plated three runs in the fifth inning.  Kassidy Troxell (Navarre, Ohio/Perry) led off the inning with a walk. Saban, a pinch-runner, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jordan Frank (DuBois, Pa./DuBois Central Catholic) before a walk by Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) put two runners on for Norton.  The junior launched the first pitch of her at-bat over the wall in center.  Norton’s 12th of the season gave SFU a 5-0 lead through five innings.
 
Game 2
Adrian Smith (Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville) earned her ninth win of the season with a complete-game performance.  She fired five innings, allowing just one run, unearned, on three hits.  She walked two and struck out seven batters.
 
The Knights started Erica Johnson in the circle.  Johnson gave up eight runs on seven hits in 1.1 innings, while striking out one and walking two.  Irene Herrera threw the final 2.2 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on three hits and two walks.  Herrera struck out three.
 
Saint Francis scored 10 runs on 12 hits.  Madison Cabell (Ivor, Va./Southampton) had a double and a three-run homer to lead the offense.  Kassidy Troxell (Navarre, Ohio/Perry) hit a grand slam, while Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) had two hits, including a homer, and three runs.  Hayley Norton (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) went three-for-three with two RBI singles and two runs, while Taylor Hoover (Phillipsburg, Ohio/Northmont) drove in two runs on a single.
 
Fairleigh Dickinson had one run on three hits.  Summer Mendoza, Logan Kolehmainen and Abby England all collected singles, with England adding a run.
 
The Red Flash drove in three runs in the first inning.  Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) led off the inning with a single to center and stole second before Norton lined a single to center to plate McKee from second.  Cabell roped a double to the gap in left-center to put two runners in scoring position.  Hoover followed with a bloop single to center to score Norton and Cabell.
 
Saint Francis exploded for nine runs in the second.  Jordan Frank (DuBois, Pa./DuBois Central Catholic) began the inning with a walk before McKee was hit by a pitch.  Norton sent a single through the right side to drive in Norton.  Cabell followed with a towering shot to left-center for a three-run bomb, her 17th of the year. 
 
The Red Flash loaded the bases as Mikayla Bower (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport) singled, Jordan Seneca (Plum, Pa./Plum) walked and Hoover reached on a single before Troxell blasted a grand slam to right-center, SFU’s eighth grand slam of the year and Troxell’s seventh dinger of the season.  Two batters later, McKee crushed her eighth homer of the year to left to put SFU ahead, 12-0, after two innings.
 
The Knights plated a run in the top of the fifth.  England singled to left and Jaymee Jackson drew a walk to put two runners on base before a groundout moved the duo to second and third.  A grounder by Kolehmainen was misplayed on the left side of the infield to allow England to cross the plate and cut the FDU deficit to 12-1.

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