The Saint Francis Softball team split its doubleheader at Maryland on Wednesday. The Red Flash earned a 3-0 win in game one, but fell 7-4 in game two. The Red Flash is now 20-17 this season and the Terrapins are 16-24.
With SFU’s 3-0 victory in game one, Head Coach Jennifer Patrick-Swift earned her 300th career win. Patrick-Swift has won 207 games as the leader of the Red Flash.
Saint Francis’ game one win gave the program its 11th win over a Power Five conference opponent since 2015, including its eighth over a Big Ten program. Five of those wins have come against Maryland.
With homers by Mikayla Bower and Kassidy Troxell in game one, the Red Flash now has 41 homers this season. Five players have at least five dingers.
The Red Flash travels to New York to continue NEC play this weekend. SFU takes its 2-0 mark and 21-game NEC win streak into Saturday’s 1 p.m. doubleheader at Wagner and its Sunday twinbill at LIU Brooklyn, which begins at 2:30 p.m.
Abby Trahan earned her 15th win of the season with a complete-game shutout. The sophomore allowed six hits and a walk, while striking out three. Trahan allowed more than one baserunner in only one inning.
Freshman Sami Main started in the circle for the Terrapins. She went five innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks, while striking out three. She faced one batter in the sixth before being replaced by Sydney Golden, who threw two scoreless frames. Golden allowed two hits and struck out two.
Saint Francis collected three runs on seven hits. Mikayla Bower led the offense with two RBI, including a solo homer. Kassidy Troxell added a solo homer in the second inning. Jordan Seneca went two-for-three at the plate, while Sierra McKee and Hayley Norton added singles and Cheyenne McKee scored a run.
The Terrapins also tallied six hits. Kassidy Cross and Brigette Nordberg each had two hits, including a double. Taylor Wilson contributed a triple and Hannah Eslick added a single
The Red Flash jumped out to an early lead with a run in the first inning. Cheyenne McKee was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Two batters later, with Madison Cabell at the plate, McKee stole second. Cabell joined her on the bases with a hit-by-pitch. A fly ball by Sierra McKee then landed in right center to load the bases. Bower followed with a fly ball to center for a sacrifice fly, which drove in McKee from third to give SFU a 1-0 lead.
Saint Francis added a run in the top of the second. With one out, Troxell hit the first pitch of her at-bat over the wall in left-center. Troxell’s fifth of the year extended SFU’s lead to 2-0.
The Red Flash extended its lead to 3-0 with a leadoff homer in the top of the sixth. On the second pitch of the inning, Bower drove a fly ball over the center field fence for a solo shot, her sixth dinger of the year.
Sophomore Adrian Smith started the second game for the Red Flash. In six innings, she gave up four runs on eight hits, while striking out three. Abby Trahan faced three batters in the fifth, allowing three runs on three hits.
Freshman Ryan Denhart got the start for the Terrapins. She threw a complete-game, allowing four runs on six hits. She struck out four and walked three batters.
The Red Flash had four runs on six hits. Taylor Hoover drove in a run on an RBI double, while Madison Cabell and Kassidy Troxell each had RBI singles. Jordan Frank and Cheyenne McKee each doubled and scored a run, while Hayley Norton had an RBI. Mikayla Bower added a single and a run.
Maryland collected seven runs on 11 hits, with six runs coming in the fifth inning. Skylynne Ellazar led the Terrapins with three hits, including a double and a solo homer, and two runs. Anna Kufta hit a three-run homer, while Hannah Eslick drove in two runs and Kassidy Cross had two hits.
The Terrapins got on the board in the first inning. Ellazar lined a homer over the wall in center to lead off the bottom half and give Maryland a 1-0 advantage.
Saint Francis took the lead in the top of the second. Bower led off the inning with a single to left-center. Two batters later, Hoover drove a double to the gap in right-center to allow Bower to cross the plate. Hoover moved to third on the throw to home. Troxell followed with a line-drive single to right to plate Hoover and put SFU ahead 2-1.
Maryland added six runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Terrapins collected five straight singles to begin the inning, with Eslick’s driving in two runs and Sammie Stefan’s knock driving in one. Kufta followed with a three-run homer over the wall in left-center to give Maryland a 7-2 lead.
The Red Flash plated two runs in the top of the seventh. With one out, Frank sent a double to the wall in left center. Cheyenne McKee followed with bloop to right for a double to move Frank to third. A groundout by Norton allowed Frank to score before a single by Cabell drove in McKee to cut the deficit to 7-4. However, a groundout ended the SFU rally.