Knox Signs Free Agent Contract, Blue Raiders Add Signee

June 16, 2003 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Former Middle Tennessee baseball player Jerry Knox has signed with the Shreveport (La.) Sports, an independent professional franchise in the Central Baseball League.

Knox, who was signed as a pitcher, was 4-2 with a 4.24 ERA during his senior season with the Blue Raiders and also hit .316 with seven home runs and 22 RBIs.

Knox joins Chad Cooper, who was drafted by Tampa Bay in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft earlier this month, as professional signees from the 2003 Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship team. Cooper has been assigned to the Princeton (W.V.) Devil Rays and begins play Monday in the rookie league.
Knox, a former Oakland High School standout, played two years at Columbia State before transferring to Kennesaw (Ga.) State as a junior. After one season there, Knox opted to transfer to play his senior season in his hometown.

The Blue Raiders also added Michael McSweeney as a signee after the Trussville, Ala., native turned in one of the strongest offensive seasons in the Birmingham, area this season.

McSweeney, a middle infielder, hit .511 for Hewitt-Trussville High School to rank as the fifth-leading hitter in the Birmingham area in 2003. He also connected for two home runs and 29 RBIs.

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