Southern Mississippi Beats Eastern Michigan At Hillenbrand Invitational.

March 2, 2002

Box Score

TUCSON--Heather Bell's three-run home run in the bottom of the sixthgave Southern Mississippi the edge it needed in a 6-3 victory overEastern Michigan in Saturday's first game of Arizona's HillenbrandInvitational softball tournament.

Eastern Michigan's Genny Hann reached second base on an outfield errorand scored on a fielder's choice to open the scoring in the second.Lauren Allen doubled and later scored on a grounder to give EMU a 2-0lead in the third.

Tammy Edwards singled in a run for Southern Miss in the bottom of thethird and Melanie Hymel hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 2 in thefourth, but Allen hit a two-out homer in the fifth to get the lead backfor the Eagles. Channika Gant homered for Southern Miss in the top ofthe fifth to tie the game at 3-3.

Golden Eagles' reliever Jessica Holaway (4-2), who entered in thefifth, earned the victory and struck out the side in the top of theseventh.

Southern Miss improved to 8-8 overall and 2-1 in tourney play. EasternMichigan dropped to 3-8 and 1-2.

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