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Knox leads Mustangs to sweep of West Florida

Freshman Erin Knox blasted her first two collegiate home runs Sunday afternoon against West Florida, but it was her effort in the circle that ensured a sweep of the Argonauts 11-4 and 5-4 in UWF Spring Tournament play.
Freshman Erin Knox blasted her first two collegiate home runs Sunday afternoon against West Florida, but it was her effort in the circle that ensured a sweep of the Argonauts 11-4 and 5-4 in UWF Spring Tournament play.

"Erin did a great job for us in the circle," MSU coach Brady Tigert said. "She really stepped up and has been huge for us this weekend. I can't enough for her effort in her first weekend weekend as a freshman."

The true freshman from West battled her way to a win in her second extra inning start of the season as Knox allowed four runs on 13 hits over eight innings to improve to 1-1.

"There were a couple of misplays that were counted as hits which hurt her overall line," Tigert said. "Those hurt because she is really working hard out there and making big pitches."

At the plate, Knox connected on a pair of first-pitch, leadoff homers in the fourth and eighth innings to help the Mustangs win their third straight to improve to 3-1 on the season. She finished the day 4-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs making the best of her first collegiate plate appearances.

"She has done very well (at the plate) in practice," Tigert said. "My thought process is to get her where needs to be in the circle so she only has to concentrate on pitching, but she did very well for us today."

The Mustangs never trailed in a nip-and-tuck Game 2 starting with an unearned run in the first inning, then Knox belted her first homer in the fourth inning to give MSU a 2-1 edge after the Argonauts leveled the game with a run in the bottom of the third inning.

Junior third baseman Kelley Schaefer drilled her second homer of the season to lead off the fifth and Knox drove in Shelby Carter with a single to center field to give the Mustangs a 4-1 lead in the fifth fifth.

West Florida with two runs in the bottom of the inning and another tally in the sixth to send the game to extra innings.

Knox salted her first career save in Game 1 allowing a run on two hits in three innings of an 11-4 victory.

Sophomore Katelyn Vinson, who went 3-for-5 to lead the MSU attack in the opener, highlighted a 5-run second frame with a two-run single as Chelsey Wall, Kim Jerrick and Schaefer all recorded RBIs in the inning.

Junior transfer Katelyn Potts launched her first homer of the season to stretch the lead to 6-0 in the third before West Florida rallied to plate two runs in the bottom of the third and fifth innings to pull within 6-4.

The Mustangs put the game away with another 5-run explosion which featured a three-run shot by junior Katy Vandewater in the seventh inning.

Katlyn Holmes improved to 2-0 allowing three runs on six hits in four innings.

"We faced some good pitching today," Tigert said."The threw good, hard pitches and mixed in rise balls so to come out with 22 hits, I was very pleased. We are not quite in our groove yet, so you have to feel good about that."

Midwestern State closes tournament play with another game against West Florida at 9 a.m. before taking on Southern Arkansas at 11 a.m.


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