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Knights Beat Mesa 6-2, Take Season Series

4/9/2014

The Knights scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and held off Mesa in the seventh to win, 6-2, and snap a two-game losing streak. It is the second win over Mesa in three tries this season and the first time since 2011 that the Knights have won the season series over the Olympians.

San Diego City fell behind, 2-0, after Mesa scored a run in each of the first two innings, but the Knights got right back into the game in the fourth inning when Tiana Houston drove in two runs with a double to left field. 

Pitcher Katie Dowdy, who had one of her best outings of the season in the circle, helped her own cause in the bottom of the sixth with a lead-off double. Meghan Shaw was then intentionally walked and Brianna Leigh-Pink followed with a single through the right side that allowed Dowdy to score from second base to give the Knights a 3-2 lead.

Houston came up next and, once again, took advantage of having the two runners in scoring position by hitting her second 2-RBI double of the day to extend the Knights' lead to 5-2. After a pitching change, Haylee Schriner added to the Knights' big inning with an RBI single that scored Houston for a 6-2 lead. 

In the top of the seventh inning, Dowdy got the first two Mesa batters to ground out and pop out, but then got into some trouble. Mesa loaded the bases after a single, an error, and another single, but fortunately for Dowdy and the Knights, Mackenzie Wright hit a ground ball directly to third baseman Leigh-Pink who fielded it and stepped on the bag to end the game. 

Dowdy (5-15) allowed two runs on nine hits and struck out one in the victory. 

Houston went 3-for-3 with four RBI and one run.

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