Trahan sets season wins record as SFU sweeps Penn State


The Saint Francis Softball team swept Penn State, for the second consecutive year, on Wednesday at Beard Field.  The Red Flash won 8-2 in game one and 9-1, in five innings, in game two.  Saint Francis is now 26-17 this season, while Penn State dropped to 7-32.
The Red Flash has now won six straight games and 11 of its last 13 games.  Six of SFU’s 11 wins have come by run-rule.
With the sweep, Saint Francis now has 13 wins over Power Five programs since 2015.  Saint Francis has won nine games over Big Ten opponents, including five wins over Penn State.
With her win in game one, Abby Trahan (Kaplan, La./Kaplan) collected her 19th victory of the season.  That tied her for the Red Flash single-season record, set by Ethel Santai (Pine Grove, Pa./Pine Grove Area) in 2017.  The sophomore broke the record with her win in game two.  Trahan has now thrown 22 complete games this season, including 13 complete games allowing one or less run.
In game one, Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) hit a grand slam in the top of the second.  The slam was the first of her career.  McKee homered for the third straight game, having homered in both games against LIU Brooklyn.  It was the Red Flash’s second straight game with a grand slam, following Madison Cabell (Ivor, Va./Southampton)’s slam on Sunday against the Blackbirds.  SFU has hit four grand slams this season.
Madison Cabell (Ivor, Va./Southampton)’s single in the sixth inning of game one gave her 187 career hits.  That broke a tie with Nicole Bender (2005-08) for third all-time at Saint Francis.  Cabell is seven hits away from tying Kelly Slingwine (2006-09) for second all-time and nine hits away from Taylor Parsons’ record, set during her career from 2012-15.
The Red Flash hosts a pair of NEC doubleheaders this weekend.  Saint Francis takes on Central Connecticut State on Saturday for a 1 p.m. twinbill.  The Red Flash will honor its three seniors as part of Senior Day.  On Sunday, SFU welcomes Bryant for a Noon doubleheader.
Game 1
Abby Trahan (Kaplan, La./Kaplan) fired a complete game to earn her 19th win of the season.  Trahan allowed just two runs on six hits.  She struck out seven without walking a batter.  Penn State had only two hits leave the infield
Senior Jessica Cummings threw the final 5.2 innings of the game for the Nittany Lions.  She allowed six runs, five earned, on six hits.  She walked three and struck out three batters.  Sophomore Madey Smith started the game for Penn State, going an inning-and-a-third, giving up two runs on two walks, while striking out one.
Saint Francis collected eight runs on six hits.  Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) led the offense with two hits, including a grand slam, and two runs.  Hayley Norton (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) contributed a two-run homer, while Kassidy Troxell (Navarre, Ohio/Perry) had a two-run single.  Sierra McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) had a double and a run and Madison Cabell (Ivor, Va./Southampton) added a single.
Penn State tallied two runs on six hits.  Tori Dubois and Toni Polk each had a single and a run, while Haley Vallejos drove in a run. 
The Nittany Lions got on the board in the first inning.  After Dubois led off the game with a hit-by-pitch and Paige Johnson got on with a single, a double steal play resulted with Johnson on second and Dubois scoring from third.  Saint Francis trailed 1-0 after the first.
Saint Francis responded with a grand slam in the top of the second.  Mikayla Bower (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport) led off the inning with a four-pitch walk. Two batters later, Troxell was hit by a pitch before Jordan Seneca (Plum, Pa./Plum) loaded the bases with a walk.  On a 3-1 pitch, Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) hit a laser over the wall in left-center for her first career grand slam. It was McKee’s third straight game with a homer, and SFU’s second with a grand slam, to put the Red Flash ahead, 4-1.
The Red Flash extended its lead in the third inning.  Sierra McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) sent the first pitch of the inning to the wall in left-center for a double. Bower reached on an error to move the runners to second and third. Two batters later, Troxell lined a single to center to plate both runners.  SFU held a 6-1 advantage.
Saint Francis added a pair of runs in the top of the sixth.  With one out, Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) lined a single to left for her second hit of the game.  Norton followed by blasting an 0-1 pitch over the wall in right for her sixth dinger of the season.
Penn State plated a run in the bottom half of the sixth.  Polk reached on a bunt-single with a single by Christa Wagner putting runners on the corners.  Vallejos hit a fly ball to center to drive in Polk on a sacrifice fly.  The Red Flash led 8-2 after six innings.
Game 2
Abby Trahan (Kaplan, La./Kaplan) fired another complete-game for her 20th win of the season.  The sophomore allowed just five hits and a run.  She walked two batters and struck out three.  Trahan allowed more than one baserunner in only two innings. 
Penn State started junior Madison Shaffer in the circle.  Shaffer threw 3.1 innings, giving up eight runs on eight hits.  She struck out two batters and walked four.  Ashton Mensinger replaced Shaffer with one out in the fourth.  She finished the final 1.2 innings, allowing a run on two hits.
The Red Flash tallied nine runs and 10 hits.  Taylor Hoover (Phillipsburg, Ohio/Northmont) led the offense with three hits, including two doubles, two runs and two RBI. Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) and Kassidy Troxell (Navarre, Ohio/Perry) each had two hits and two RBI.  Madison Cabell (Ivor, Va./Southampton) and Hayley Norton (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) each had an RBI single and a run. 
The Nittany Lions had a run on five hits.  Kennedy Legg went two-for-two with a solo homer.  Gianna Arrizurieta and Tori Dubois added doubles, while Haley Vallejos had a base hit.
Saint Francis plated three runs in the second inning.  Mikayla Bower (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport) drew a walk to lead off the inning.  Hoover followed with a double to the wall in center.  A wild throw back to the infield allowed Bower to cross the plate.  Troxell worked a walk before pinch-runner Ashley Sheetz (Hampton Township, Pa./Hampton) stole second to put two runners in scoring position.  Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) lined a single to right to drive in Hoover and Sheetz to extend SFU’s lead to 3-0.
Penn State answered with a run in the bottom of the second.  Legg started the inning with a homer over the right field fence to cut the Red Flash advantage to 3-1.
Saint Francis added a run in the third inning.  Sierra McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) drew a one-out walk.  After a fielder’s choice by Bower, Hoover reached on an infield single to third.  Troxell followed with a single up the middle to drive in Bower.  The Red Flash led 4-1 after three innings.
The Red Flash drove in five runs in the fourth. After a walk by Jordan Frank (DuBois, Pa./DuBois Central Catholic) and a fielder’s choice by Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois), Norton rolled a single by the first baseman to bring home McKee.  Norton stole second before Cabell lined a base knock to right to drive in Norton.  Sierra McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) followed with a single to center.  Two batters later, Hoover dropped a double onto the warning track in center to plate Cabell and McKee.  The final run of the inning came on a bloop single to left by Troxell, which allowed Hoover to cross the plate to extend SFU’s lead to 9-1.

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