SFU softball sophomore Jordan Seneca was selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Player of the Week on Tuesday. She is the first NEC player to ever be chosen for the honor. Seneca launched five home runs and drove in 12 RBI in six games last week.
|Year||Squad||At Bats||SAC||Singles||Doubles||Triples||Home Runs||RBIs||Walks||AVG||SGL%||On Base %|
|2015||St. Francis Red Flash||131||28||5||2||14||.267|
BEFORE SFU: A career .564
hitter and slugged 1.164 while driving in 66 runs … An all-section performer
all three high school seasons … named first team all-state as a junior
in 2013 … owns the Plum school record for career hits with 100 … selected
to the Valley News First Team in each of the past two years and was a member
of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-East team last spring.
Seneca started all five games this weekend at shortstop, batting .474 (9-for-19) with three doubles and two home runs, while driving in nine runs and scoring five. She also stole a base.
In one weekend, Seneca already matched her home run total for the 2015 season. She's also over halfway to her 2015 RBI total of 14.
In the 11-0 season-opening win over UNC Wilmington, Seneca went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a homer, and a career-high five RBI. She also scored two runs.
Seneca only went 1-for-5 in the 8-5 win over Army, but scored a pair of runs.
In the 4-3 loss against Eastern Kentucky, Seneca launched a home run over the center field wall.
Seneca went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the sixth inning to seal the mercy-rule, 10-2, win over Army. She also stole a base in that game.
In Sunday's game against
Eastern Kentucky, Seneca had two hits in three at-bats, including a single
to center that drove in two runs.
Seneca has started all 11 games so far, at Shortstop, batting .417 with 15 hits, including four doubles and three home runs. She has driven in 16 runs, while scoring 10. She has already topped her home run and RBI totals from the 2015 season. She leads the team this season in average, hits, doubles, home runs and RBIs.
In 11 games, Seneca has posted five multi-hit performances and four multi-RBI efforts.
In the season opening 11-0 win vs. UNC Wilmington, Seneca went 3-for-4 with five RBI, including two doubles and a two-run homer.
Seneca's second homer of the year came in a 6-4 loss to Eastern Kentucky, when she launched a ball over the centerfield wall in the fifth inning.
In the opening game of the ECU Pirate Clash, against UMass, Seneca went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and five RBI. Seneca led the Red Flash to a 13-6 win, setting the tone with a three-run homer in the first inning.
On Sunday vs. East Carolina, Seneca finished 3-for-3 with two RBi and a run scored.
Norton has also started all 11 games, with all starts coming in the outfield. She ranks second on the team with a .368 batting average. Noron has 14 hits, including three doubles, three triples, two home runs, 15 RBI and seven runs scored.
In her college debut, Norton made her first career hit count, putting it over the fence in center field in the second inning.
In the 10-2 win over Army West Point, Norton went 2-for-4 with four RBI, including a double and a triple.
This past weekend, Norton posted a two-hit, three-RBI performance in Saturday's win over East Carolina. With the bases loaded in the second inning, Norton tripled down the right field line to clear the bases. She scored two runs in that game.
In Sunday's loss to ECU, Norton had a triple and a home run, totaling five RBI. Norton launched a two-run homer to left center in the first inning. She came up clutch again with the bases loaded in the second inning, tripling to center field to plate three runs.
The Red Flash travels to
Arizona for Spring Break week, beginning with the Arizona State Diamond
Devil Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.
Seneca is Saint Francis's fourth All-Region selection in program history. This marks three straight years that a Red Flash player has been selected All-Region. Seneca joins Taylor Parsons (Bellefonte, Pa./Bald Eagle) (3rd Team, 2015), Alexis Bower (Cogan Station, Pa./Williamsport Area) (3rd Team, 2014) and Brooke Keiper (2nd Team, 2001).
Seneca played a major part in helping Saint Francis establish new school records for overall wins, NEC wins, batting average, hits, home runs, RBI, runs and walks.
"This is another well-deserved accolade for Jordan, which shows how hard she has worked to improve from her freshman to sophomore year," said Head Coach Jennifer Patrick-Swift. "She put up big-time numbers against some of the best teams in the country early in the year and continued on that path for the entire season. This honor also reflects the continued growth of our program and shows the respect that coaches around the region are giving to our program and our players."
The Plum, Pa. native led the Red Flash with 18 home runs and 59 RBI this season to go with a .313 average. Seneca tallied 52 hits, including eight doubles, and scored 53 runs. She won three NEC Player of the Week awards this season.
Seneca ranked second in the NEC and 11th in Division I in home runs. She led the conference and ranked 15th in the nation in RBI. Seneca led the conference in walks(41) and ranked second in runs, on-base percentage(.465) and slugging percentage(.687).
A First Team All-NEC selection, Seneca set new school single-season records for home runs, RBI and walks. Her 18 home runs topped the previous mark of 14, set by Jamie Krusinsky in 2000. Seneca's 59 RBI bettered the 45 RBI mark, held by Autumn Helsel in 1997. With 41 walks, Seneca also beat the 30-walk record, set by Krusinsky in 2002.
Seneca totaled 15 multi-hit games and 16 multi-RBI games. She had five-RBI performances against UNC Wilmington, UMass and Arizona State.
In the game against ASU, ranked No. 19 at the time, Seneca hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the sixth inning to bring SFU within three runs. She also hit a grand slam against Bucknell.
She became the first player
in school and NEC history to win NFCA National Player of the Week on April
26 after hitting five homers, driving in 12 RBI and scoring 11 runs in
a six-game span.
Jennifer Patrick-Swift's Reaction
"We fell behind by a large margin early but our hitters truly believe there isn't a deficit they can't overcome," said head coach Jennifer Patrick-Swift. "Ethel came in and did a good job executing her pitches against an offense that is strong from top to bottom. Jordan's two grand slams were shots, but I told the team that they would not have been grand slams without people doing their jobs to get on base. It was a great way to start the weekend and a great win against a team from a Power-5 conference."
The Red Raiders scored five runs in the second inning off freshman starter Abby Trahan (Kaplan, La./Kaplan). After a bases loaded walk plated the first run, Kiana Workman drove a pitch over the left field wall for a grand slam and 5-0 Texas Tech lead.
Jordan Seneca (Plum, Pa./Plum) answered with a grand slam of her own in the top of the third. Senior Kindra Witthus (Hudson, Wis./Hudson) led off the inning with a single up the middle and redshirt freshman Halle Marion (Middletown, Pa./Middletown) moved her to second when she was hit by a pitch. Sophomore Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) lined a pitch to left in the next at-bat to load the bases for Seneca who jumped on a pitch and drove it over the wall in left.
Texas Tech used the long ball again in the bottom of the third inning to up its lead to 8-4 on a single, walk and three-run homer.
Seneca struck for her second grand slam in as many innings and her third in the last three games in the fourth to tie the ballgame at 8-8. Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) allowed the inning to stay alive with a two-out single to shortstop to set the stage for Seneca who deposited the pitch even deeper over the left field fence. She has hit five home runs over her last four games.
Texas Tech regained its lead in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Ethel Santai (Pine Grove, Pa./Pine Grove Area) came in to pitch with the bases loaded and no outs and retired three straight after walking the first batter she faced to put Texas Tech in front.
The Red Raiders loaded the bases off Santai again in the bottom of the fifth with no outs but she struck out two and got another out via a batter's interference call to keep the home team off the scoreboard.
The Red Flash had nobody on and two outs in the 6th when Texas Tech elected to pitch around Seneca. Sophomore Hayley Norton (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) responded with her seventh home run of the season, a line drive bullet over the wall in right center, to give Saint Francis its first lead at 10-9.
A single, Saint Francis error and sac fly to center allowed Texas Tech to tie the game at 10-10 in the bottom of the sixth. The Red Raiders had runners on second and third with two outs when Santai ended the inning with a key strikeout to send the game into the seventh inning tied.
Both teams went quietly in the seventh and then Cheyenne McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) opened the eighth with a leadoff single, her third hit of the game. Seneca walked and Norton fought off a single to right field to load the bases with no outs, but Sierra McKee (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) and Kassidy Troxell (Navarre, Ohio/Perry) struck out swinging. Cabell picked up her teammates by singling the eighth pitch of the ensuing at-bat up the middle to bring in two runs and give the Red Flash the 12-10 lead.
With one out and a runner on third in the bottom of the eighth, Santai got a ground ball to Troxell at third. She fired to first to get the out and Cabell relayed the throw home to get the runner from third at the plate and give the Red Flash the victory.
Santai improved to 6-1 on the season by allowing just one run on four hits over 4,2 innings.
Seneca came into the game in a tie for the national lead in home runs and in third place in rbi and did nothing two hurt her standing with two home runs and eight rbi.
McKee entered the game tied-for-seventh in hits and added three more. Cabell and Norton added two hits.
Saint Francis entered the week receiving a vote in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches' Poll and has now won 10 straight games.