Vikings Sweep Two Games Friday

March 15, 2013

Final Stats

Contact: Jeff Sattora

Jackson, Miss- The Cleveland State Vikings' softball team stretched its win streak to three games Friday, taking down UTEP 7-4 and Mississippi Valley State 2-1 at the Jackson State softball tournament.

A hot start led the Vikings in game one's 7-4 win over UTEP, as CSU scored all seven runs in the first four innings, including a four run fourth inning to stretch the lead.

While two hits (by Nena Doran and Katelind Phillips) and two UTEP errors helped CSU take a 3-1 lead after three innings, it was the fourth inning that the Vikings' offense really broke things open.

Junior Janessa Rivera-Keahi started things off for CSU with a one-out double, CSU then kept the pressure on as Cynthia Woodard was next to the plate and hit a double of her own to get the first run of the inning across. Following a Katelind Phillips walk (and UTEP pitching change), sophomore Erica McNew blasted her third homer of the week to bring three more runs across. The homer (McNew's seventh of the year) gave Cleveland State a lead they would never give back.

On the mound freshman Susan Knight (5-4) earned her fifth win of the season vs. the Miners, pitching 6.1 innings of action. Knight scattered seven hits, allowing four runs while also picking up eight strikeouts along the way.

Cleveland State continued its winning ways in game two, earning a close 2-1 win over Mississippi Valley State.

Leading the Vikings in game two was pitcher Alex Radjen (2-0) who picked up her second win in as many days with seven innings of strong work. The sophomore allowed just one run on four hits for the win.

Although CSU only picked up two hits vs. the Delta Devils, (Dara Toman and Caila Ferro both singled) and neither hit led to a run, the Vikings were still able to pick up the victory.

Those two CSU runs came in the third inning from three Mississippi Valley State errors and two Cleveland State sacrifice hits by Katelind Phillips and Erica McNew.

The Vikings will be back in action tomorrow afternoon as the team finishes its spring break road trip with games vs. Mississippi Valley State at 3:00 p.m. and Jackson State at 5:30 p.m.

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