Morehead City, N.C. - The Morehead City Marlins have announced the signing of one of Division II’s most powerful hitters. The Marlins welcome Mount Olive College first baseman Michael Knox, Jr. to the 2011 team.
Knox, standing 6-foot-4 at 230 pounds, is no stranger to North Carolina as he hails from Cary. For his sophomore season, Knox transferred to Mount Olive following one year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been a mainstay in the middle of the Trojans lineup ever since.
Knox has been instrumental in the success of the Trojans, who are currently ranked first in the nation by College Baseball Lineup Division II Top 30 Poll. This spring season, Knox leads all of D-II in home runs (13), slugging percentage (1.035), walks (38), and on-base percentage (.605). Earlier in the year, the junior became the first Trojan to ever smash four round-trippers in a single game, as well as the first Mount Olive player to hit for the cycle in a game. Prior to opening of the 2011 spring season and after his dominant 2010 season, Knox was named a Division II Preseason All-American by Baseball America. In 2010, Knox also led his team in home runs (24) and RBI (93).
“Michael [Knox] is putting up incredible numbers for Mount Olive right now,” said Marlins Manager Jay Bergman. “He is an RBI machine, and he’s one of those guys you can’t leave out of a lineup.”
(Picture courtesy of Mount Olive Sports Information)