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April 27, 2014

Numbers say Erickson is MSU softball's BEST EVER

Senior is at the top of almost every career offensive category

It’s hard to put your finger on why Minnesota State softball player Lindsay Erickson is so likeable.

There’s no question the senior is a gifted player who has rewritten the MSU record books, but beyond that, she comes across as someone who genuinely enjoys what she’s doing — whatever that happens to be at the time.

In some ways, she’s a walking contradiction. One minute, she’ll tell you how her goal is to just have fun while playing softball. The next, she’s talking about being remembered as the best player ever to put on an MSU softball uniform.

All those things, said MSU head coach Lori Meyer, is what make people want to be around Erickson.

“She’s really a unique individual,” Meyer said. “You’re never really sure what she’s going to do or say next, but she always has that big smile on her face that disarms everybody.

“It’s infectious. I think it’s her personality that has made her so successful.”

While the catcher/No. 2 hitter in the lineup makes things look pretty easy, that hasn’t always been the case. She’s had her struggles with motivation and applying herself academically.

Back in high school, when the University of Minnesota changed coaches and stopped recruiting her, Erickson got disgusted. She thought seriously about foregoing softball in college. Meyer continued to pursue her, however, and when Erickson got out of her funk, Meyer was there to swoop in.

“There was probably a month there after my junior year where (coach Meyer) was calling and calling, and I just didn’t return her calls,” Erickson said. “My mom sat me down and talked to me about the benefits of a scholarship for going to college. I guess I came around.”

Lindsay’s older sister, Chelsea, was already at MSU playing softball, and for a short time, Lindsay was determined not to follow the same path. After some soul-searching, however, she realized that becoming a Maverick would allow her to play two more years with Chelsea.

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