Junior Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) was named NEC Player of the Year and sophomore Abby Trahan (Kaplan, La./Kaplan) was named NEC Co-Pitcher of the Year to lead seven Saint Francis Softball players who were named All-NEC on Wednesday. Senior Madison Cabell (Ivor, Va./Southampton) also became the first four-time First Team selection in conference history. The seven were a major part of the Red Flash repeating as NEC Regular Season Champions after a second straight undefeated NEC Regular Season.
SFU has collected 21 All-NEC, including 13 First Team, selections since 2016. In that time, SFU has won two Player of the Year, two Pitcher of the Year, two Rookie of the Year awards and a Gold Glove award.
Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) is Saint Francis’ second NEC Player of the Year selection in program history, joining Taylor Parsons in 2015. McKee also earned her second career All-NEC selection, being named First Team this season after claiming Second Team honors last season. The junior is batting a team-best .359 this season with 51 hits, including five doubles, three triples and eight homers, 34 RBI and 47 runs. She leads the NEC in runs and on-base percentage (.480) while also collecting 11 stolen bases. In conference play, McKee hit a scorching .511 with three triples, seven homers, 19 RBI and 26 runs out of the leadoff spot. On the year, she has 14 multi-hit and 11 multi-RBI games. McKee’s top performances of the year included a three-game homer streak, with two in the series against LIU Brooklyn and a grand slam at Penn State.
Trahan is SFU’s second straight NEC Pitcher of the Year. She also picked up First Team All-NEC honors after being the 2017 NEC Rookie of the Year. This season, Trahan is 27-11 with a 2.28 ERA in 42 appearances, including 35 starts and 27 complete games. In 240 innings, Trahan has allowed just 78 earned runs and struck out 180 batters. She has thrown 11 complete-game shutouts this season. In conference play, Trahan is 11-0 with an 0.61 ERA in 11 appearances, with 10 starts and eight complete-games. She has allowed just six earned runs and struck out 52 in 68.2 innings. Trahan has already set SFU season records for wins, innings and appearances and is nine strikeouts away from another season record. Trahan’s 27 wins are tied for second in the nation and more wins than 180 Division I teams. She is two wins away from the NEC season record. Trahan is already tied for fourth all-time at SFU with 42 career wins.
Cabell is the first NEC player to earn four First Team All-NEC selections. She has earned three straight First Team selections at first base after earning First Team honors as a third baseman as a freshman. Cabell is batting .321 with 17 homers and 53 RBI. She leads the NEC in homers, RBI and slugging percentage (.696) to go with a team-high 54 hits, including 10 doubles and a triple, and 32 runs. In conference play, Cabell is hitting .423 with five doubles, seven homers, 24 RBI and 13 runs. Cabell had two-homer games against Marshall and Robert Morris and blasted grand slams against LIU Brooklyn and RMU. She holds career records at SFU for hits (199) and RBI (184) and is second all-time in homers (39) and doubles (49).
Junior Hayley Norton (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) collected her third All-NEC accolade, also picking up first team honors in 2016 and Second Team in 2017. The Spring Grove native has batted .285 with 12 homers and 44 RBI this year. She has 45 hits, including four doubles and a triple, with 32 runs. In conference play, Norton is hitting .451 with seven homers, 27 RBI and 16 runs. She currently ranks third all-time at SFU in homers (38) and RBI (147), while ranking fourth in runs (121). Her top performances this season include a homer at No. 23 Oklahoma State, a two-homer game (including a grand slam) and six RBI vs. CCSU and a grand slam against Bryant.
Junior Kassidy Troxell (Navarre, Ohio/Perry) is a Second Team All-NEC selection for the third time in her career. Troxell is batting .278 with seven homers and 32 RBI this season. She has 40 hits, including six doubles and a triple, and 20 runs. In conference play, Troxell is hitting .319 with two doubles, a triple, two homers, nine RBI and nine runs. She has eight multi-hit and eight multi-RBI games this season. She hit grand slams against Georgia State and Fairleigh Dickinson. She also went three-for-three with a run at No. 13 Auburn.
Junior Sierra McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) earned her second All-NEC selection after being named First Team last year. On the season, McKee is batting .323 with seven homers and 25 RBI. She has 51 hits, including 10 doubles and a triple, 29 runs and seven steals. In conference play, McKee is batting .400 with 20 hits, including three doubles and three homers, 11 RBI and 13 runs. She has 10 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games. She hit homers in both games against Arkansas. She also hit a grand slam and drove in five runs at Marshall and went four-for-four with three runs at LIU Brooklyn.
Senior Jordan Seneca (Plum, Pa./Plum) is an All-NEC selection for the third time in her career. Seneca was a First Team selection that last two seasons before earning Second Team honors as a utility player this year. On the season, Seneca is batting .202 with five homers and 15 RBI. She has 25 hits, including six doubles, 31 runs, 42 walks and 19 stolen bases. In conference play, Seneca is hitting .242 with three homers, eight RBI, 16 runs and six steals. She owns SFU career records for homers (47, NEC record), runs (177), walks (151) and stolen bases (54). Her top performances of the season included a double, a homer and three RBI against Mount St. Mary’s and a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning at Sacred Heart.
The Red Flash, led by Head Coach Jennifer Patrick-Swift, is 36-17 overall and 16-0 in the NEC heading into this week’s NEC Tournament, which begins on Thursday against LIU Brooklyn at Noon. The Red Flash enters the tournament with a 16-game win streak and has won 35 consecutive NEC games, both nation-leading streaks.
Saint Francis has one of the most explosive offenses in the country, ranking second in homers (73), 21st in slugging percentage (.485) and 48th in runs per game (5.28). SFU is also 44th in the country in ERA (2.39).