Eastern Michigan Defeats Long Beach State in Hillenbrand Invitational
March 1, 2002
TUCSON--Eastern Michigan's Christie Koester singled in the winning run ineight-inning tie-breaker format to beat Long Beach State 6-5 in first dayaction of Arizona's Hillenbrand Invitational softball tournament.
Koester droe in pinch-runner Carolyn Grutza, who was placed on second bythe tie-breaking rule to start the inning.
Earlier, EMU (3-7) blew a three-run lead. The game was marred by sixerrors, four by the Eagles.
The 49ers scored an unearned run in the first when Natalie Walker's singlegot past EMU rightfielder Lauren Allen and allowed her to reach third,followed by an RBi single by Jamie Farnworth.
Kristen Zabalavicius hit a solo home run in the bottom of the inning totie the game, then LBSU (15-6) scored another unearned run on a ground-ballRBI by Panita Thanantharn.
Eastern Michigan took a 3-2 lead with a two-run single by Genny Hann inthe second, then added two more runs, both unearned, on an infield throwingerror. But, the 49ers came up with a three-runs -- all unearned -- in thefifth to tie the game.