LORETTO, PA – Behind a massive offensive explosion, the Saint Francis University softball team took a Northeast Conference doubleheader from Monmouth Sunday afternoon at Red Flash Field by the finals of 7-3 and 14-4.

Monmouth (11-11, 3-5 NEC) struck first in the opening game with a leadoff homerun by Christine Scherr to right center but the Red Flash (14-12, 4-2 NEC) brought home two runners in their half of the first to take a 2-1 lead early on. The Hawks took the lead once more in the top of inning three with its final two runs of the game and held a 3-2 advantage for just the half inning. SFU plated three in the bottom of the third to regain the lead thanks to an RBI double down the right field line by Taylor Parsons and a two-run shot by Taylor Darneille.

In the fifth, the Flash added to its 5-3 lead by way of a two-run homerun to center field by Paige Smith that plated her and Parsons, who reached on a base on balls. Monmouth threatened in the seventh after back-to-back hits put runners on the corners with no outs. SFU recorded three infield outs in a row though to shut down the threat and earn the 7-3 win.

Brooke Koch improved to 6-1 on the year after tossing all seven innings of game one, allowing three earned runs on eight hits while striking out five batters.

In the second game of the twin bill, the Red Flash scored at least one run in all six innings played starting things off in the bottom of the first with a RBI single to left by Smith that scored Brianna Garcia. After the Hawks took a 2-1 lead after their second at-bat, a RBI single by Chelsy Cosentino and 2-RBI single by Garcia put the Red Flash up 4-2 after two full innings of play.

In the third, Darneille shot out, not only her second homerun of the season, but her second homerun of the day, a solo shot to right center. Monmouth came within one run after their offensive turn in the fourth, plating two runs and bringing the score to 5-4. The Red Flash were resilient once more and again hit another long ball, this time off the bat of Parsons that netted in two more runs, the third of the season for the young freshman.

Monmouth put two on with no outs in the top of the fifth and looked to close the gap. A timely double play by Smith stopped the Hawks in their tracks however. On a tag play to the plate, Smith snagged a fly ball to center field and launched a one-hopper to Cosentino at the plate who put the tag on the runner attempting to score. SFU exploded for four runs in their half of the fifth starting with a pinch-hit double to the right center gap by Courtney Francis that scored two. Davina Kachnovitz then singled home Chelsea Rex and Francis took home on the next play to give the Flash an 11-4 lead heading into the sixth.

Needing just one run to put up the eight-run rule after five innings, the Flash put two runners on with back-to-back walks. Rex stepped to the plate with one out and finished the game in style, hitting her first collegiate homerun to left center to end the game with her team on top 14-4.

With the two wins this afternoon, the SFU softball team has doubled its total number of conference wins from last season.

Rex (4-5) earned the win as she pitched all six innings for the Flash, surrendering four earned runs on eight hits and registered one strikeout. In the course of the afternoon, Saint Francis blasted five long balls over the fence, Darneille with two of them.

Saint Francis is home again tomorrow afternoon as they welcome Fairleigh Dickinson to Loretto for a noon doubleheader.