SFU Wins Wild Second Game To Sweep Robert Morris

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 The Saint Francis Softball team came out on top in a wild second game to sweep Robert Morris on Wednesday.  The Red Flash won 7-0 in game one and 14-12, in eight innings, in game two.  Saint Francis improved to 34-17 overall and 14-0 in the NEC, while Robert Morris dropped to 10-34 overall and 1-13 in conference play.
 
Saint Francis has now won 33 straight games against NEC opponents.  The Red Flash has now tied Princeton (1993-96) for the eighth-longest streak in NCAA Division I history.  SFU is one NEC win away from tying Texas State (2000-02) for the seventh-longest conference win streak. 
 
The Red Flash has won 14 straight games, dating back to its sweep over Wagner on April 14.
 
Senior Madison Cabell (Ivor, Va./Southampton) had her second two-homer game of the season in game two.  Cabell hit a grand slam in the top of the second, her second grand slam of the season, and added a solo shot in the fourth.  She leads the Red Flash with 15 homers and 49 RBI this season, both totals also leading the NEC.
 
With five hits today, Cabell now has 196 for her career, tying Taylor Parsons (2012-15) for the SFU career record.  She’s also five doubles away from tying Parsons’ record of 52.
 
Jordan Seneca (Plum, Pa./Plum) recorded two steals, raising her season total to 19 and her career total to 54.  Seneca now holds the SFU steals record, passing Kelly Slingwine (2006-09). 
 
With two wins today, Abby Trahan (Kaplan, La./Kaplan) now has 26 on the season.  She is three away from the NEC season record and has passed Ethel Santai (Pine Grove, Pa./Pine Grove Area) (2014-17) and Stacy Scofield (2000-03) for fifth all-time at SFU with 41 career wins.  She is one away from tying Lexie Chamberlain (1987-90) for fourth all-time.
 
The Red Flash hit six homers on the day, including five in the second game.  Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) hit a homer in game one, while Cabell and Mikayla Bower (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport) each had two in game two.  Hayley Norton (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) added a dinger in game two. Saint Francis now has 67 homers on the year, topping last year’s total of 65.  SFU is currently one homer behind Coastal Carolina for the national lead.  SFU is 14 away from breaking the school and NEC record of 81. 
 
The Red Flash concludes the regular season on Sunday, May 6 with a doubleheader against Fairleigh Dickinson at the Red Flash Softball Field.  The doubleheader will begin at Noon with a broadcast on NEC Front Row.  The following weekend, May 10-12, Saint Francis will host the NEC Tournament.
 
Game 1
Abby Trahan (Kaplan, La./Kaplan) got the start in game one.  In five shutout innings, Trahan allowed just three hits and a walk, while striking out three.  Trahan earned her 25th win of the season.  Adrian Smith (Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville) entered in the sixth inning and threw two perfect innings, striking out five, for her second save of the year.  Smith struck out the side in the seventh.
 
Junior Laura Coulter started in the circle for Robert Morris.  In 3.2 innings, Coulter gave up five runs on seven hits and walked three batters.  Madison Riggle came in with two outs in the fourth and threw the final 3.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out one.
 
Saint Francis collected seven runs on 10 hits.  Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) led the offense with a four-for-four day, including a solo homer to lead off the game, three RBI and two runs.  Hayley Norton (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) had two hits and two RBI, while Madison Cabell (Ivor, Va./Southampton) and Sierra McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) each had two hits and an RBI.  Cabell added a double.  Jordan Seneca (Plum, Pa./Plum) drew three walks, scored three runs and stole a base.
 
The Colonials had three hits, including doubles by Natalie Higgins and Madison Riggle.  Olivia Lorusso added a single.
 
The Red Flash jumped out to a lead in the first inning.  Leading off the inning, Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) sent a 2-2 pitch over the wall in center for a solo blast.  Her seventh of the season gave SFU a 1-0 advantage.
 
Saint Francis drove in four runs in the fourth.  With two outs, Seneca and pinch-hitter Brianna Walker (Walworth, N.Y./Gananda) drew back-to-back walks.  Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) followed with a single through the middle to plate Seneca.  A single to center by Norton drove in Jordan Frank (DuBois, Pa./DuBois Central Catholic) before a base hit by Cabell allowed McKee to score.  Sierra McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) then singled to left to bring home Norton and extend SFU’s lead to 5-0.
 
The Red Flash added a run in the fifth.  Kassidy Troxell (Navarre, Ohio/Perry) drew a one-out walk and Seneca followed with her own walk.  Two batters later, Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) blooped a single just over the glove of the shortstop to drive in Seneca.  SFU stretched its lead to 6-0.
 
Saint Francis extended its lead to seven runs in the seventh.  Seneca drew her third walk of the game before stealing second.  A grounder by Frank resulted in a fielder’s choice, with Seneca beating the throw to third.  After a walk by Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) loaded the bases, Norton hit a sacrifice fly to left to allow Seneca to score.
 
Game 2
Abby Trahan (Kaplan, La./Kaplan) started the second game, going a total of 6.2 innings.  She allowed eight runs, only two earned, on seven hits and struck out three.  Adrian Smith (Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville) pitched 1.1 innings, giving up four runs, one earned, on five hits and striking out two.
 
Kaitlin Ellzy started in the circle for the Colonials.  She went 1.2 innings, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks, while Madison Riggle also went 1.2 frames, allowing four runs on three hits and striking out one.  Laura Coulter threw 4.2 innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits and a walk.
 
Saint Francis tallied 14 runs on 15 hits and four RMU errors.  Madison Cabell (Ivor, Va./Southampton) went three-for-four with two homers, including a grand slam, and five RBI.  Mikayla Bower (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport) added two homers, including a two-run shot, and Hayley Norton (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) had two hits, including a three-run homer. 
 
The Colonials collected 12 runs on 12 hits and six SFU errors.  Taylor Bartlow had four hits and drove in four runs.  Abrielle McCartney also had four hits and three RBI.  Brianna Bunner had a pair of hits, including a double, and two runs.
 
Robert Morris plated five runs in the first inning.  With two runners on, a grounder by Natalie Higgins was misplayed, allowing Bunner to score.  On the next play, after Olivia Lorusso’s flyout, the throw back to the infield was misplayed to let Kristen Pray cross the plate. A single by McCartney drove in Higgins.  After a pair of batters were hit by pitches, Bartlow’s single to left brought home McCartney and Katie Isenberg. 
 
The Red Flash tied the game with five runs in the second.  With the bases loaded, a fielder’s choice by Jordan Frank (DuBois, Pa./DuBois Central Catholic) brought homer Taylor Hoover (Phillipsburg, Ohio/Northmont), who reached on a leadoff single.  Three batters later, Cabell crushed a 2-2 pitch over the wall in center for a grand slam, her second slam of the year and 14th homer. That bomb tied the game at 5-5.
 
Robert Morris responded with a run in the bottom of the second.  A bunt single by Kaitlyn Clark allowed Lorusso to score.  The Colonials led 6-5 after two innings.
 
RMU added four runs in the third.  An RBI single by Bartlow brought home Madison Riggle, who led off the inning with a double.  An error later in the inning allowed Bartlow to score before McCartney had a two-run single to give RMU a 10-6 lead.
 
The Red Flash tied the game in the top of the fourth.  After a single by Frank and a hit-by-pitch by Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois), Norton launched a ball over the wall in center for a three-run shot.  It was Norton’s 11th of the season.  Cabell made it back-to-back homers with a blast to left for her 15th of the season.  Singles by Sierra McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) and Jordan Seneca (Plum, Pa./Plum) set up a sacrifice fly to left by Hoover, which scored McKee from third to tie the game at 10-10.
 
Saint Francis took the lead in the top of the fifth.  Bower led off the inning by drilling a 1-0 pitch over the wall in center.  Bower’s ninth of the season gave the Red Flash an 11-10 advantage.
 
Robert Morris tied the game in the bottom of the seventh.  After a single by Bartlow and a hit-by-pitch by Bunner, Kristin Pray moved the runners to second and third with a bunt.  Higgins hit a sacrifice fly to center to allow Bartlow to score and even the game at 11-11.
 
The Red Flash plated three runs in the top of the eighth.  Sierra McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) led off the inning with a  single to left and moved up to third after a wild throw into the infield.  Two batters later, Hoover hit a fly ball to left to drive in McKee for a sacrifice fly.  After a single by Troxell, Bower launched a ball over the wall in left for a two-run shot.  Her 10th of the year put SFU ahead, 14-11.
 
Robert Morris led off the bottom of the eighth with an infield single by McCartney.  Two batters later, Katie Isenberg reached on an error.  A single by Bartlow drove in McCartney to bring RMU within two runs.  However, a pop out ended the inning.
 

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