March 29, 2013
Contact: Jeff Sattora
Dayton, Ohio- Freshman Susan Knight pitched a complete game on the mound and the Cleveland State Vikings used timely hits Friday evening, picking up 2-1 victory over the Wright State Raiders to open Horizon League play for both teams.
Cleveland State, who is now 10-11 on the year and 1-0 in league play, was the home team Friday, and will be for the series due to the series originally being scheduled at Cleveland State. The games were moved to Wright State due to poor weather.
Knight (6-4) was strong on the mound all evening long for CSU, pitching seven innings of one-run ball, giving up just four hits while also striking out three Raiders' batters. She currently leads the CSU pitching staff in wins (six), strikeouts (58) and innings pitched (81.1) for the year. The six wins also tie the freshman for the league lead in that category.
With Knight pitching well the game stayed close throughout, and CSU used a two run fourth inning at the plate to pull off the win.
A double by freshman Katelind Phillips led off the inning before senior Dara Toman knocked her in to score with a one-out single to get the first run on the board. A Caila Ferro single with two outs then pushed Toman across later in the inning for the 2-0 lead and eventually 2-1 win.
For the game four Vikings were able to pick up hits, as Erica McNew went 2-3 on the day to go along with the three hits in that fourth inning.
The Vikings and Raiders will be back in action tomorrow for a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.