April 4, 2002
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State softball team used two sixth-inning runs to defeat Eastern Michigan, 2-0, on Thursday afternoon at Old College Field on the Michigan State campus. Spartan sophomore Brittney Green (Simi Valley, Calif.) knocked in both runs, while sophomore Jessica Beech (Okemos, Mich.) pitched seven scoreless innings to earn the win.
Both teams were held scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning. Junior Margaret Schick (Grass Lake, Mich.) and freshman Lauren Pedersen (Portage, Mich.) opened the Spartan half of the inning with back-to-back singles and advanced on a sacrifice by sophomore Natalie Furrow (San Diego, Calif.). After a strikeout, Green knocked in two runs with a single to left field, scoring both Schick and Pedersen. Green was thrown out after taking too large a turn around first base.
In seven innings of work, Beech allowed just four hits and walked one, while striking out four batters. In fact, she allowed just one Eagle runner to reach third base. With the win, Beech improved to 6-5.
EMU's biggest threat of the afternoon came in the fourth inning. With two outs, the Eagles used a Tiffany Brown single and a Christie Koester double to place runners at second and third bases. Beech, however, got out of the jam by getting Julie Stoll to pop out to shortstop.
Eastern Michigan's Marcy Mobley took the loss, allowing two runs on five hits in six innings of work, striking out six Spartans.
Michigan State returns to action this weekend. On Saturday (April 6), MSU will face IUPU-Ft. Wayne in a doubleheader in Ft. Wayne at 12:00 p.m. On Sunday (April 7), the Spartans return to Big Ten action, taking on Indiana in a doubleheader in Bloomington.
Game Summary R H E EMU 000 000 0- 0 4 1 MSU 000 002 X- 2 5 1
WP: Beech - MSU (6-5) LP: Mobley - EMU (5-5)