CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (May 9, 2003) - East Tennessee State's Danielle Spetar (Knoxville, Tenn.) hit a walk-off home run to score two in the bottom of the tenth inning as fifth-seeded East Tennessee State defeated top-seeded College of Charleston, 5-3, in game seven of the 2003 Southern Conference softball championships being played at Frost Field in Chattanooga.
East Tennessee State started the game scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Charleston pitcher Natalie Smith was unable to retire the East Tennessee State side, as the Bucs converted on a past ball and a Jessica Lonsinger (Dale City, Va.) RBI double. Smith was replaced by sophomore Rachel Stern in the middle of the second inning. Charleston put their first run on the board in the top of the second when Lauren Rabun reached on a ETSU error. Charleston followed with another run in the top of the third inning.
The game remained knotted in a 2-2 tie through nine innings with clutch defensive stops by both teams, including a spectacular diving catch at the fence by Charleston center fielder Lauren Rabun in the bottom of the ninth inning. The international tiebreaker was enacted at the top of the tenth inning and Charleston was able to score a run on an infield hit by Jacquie Rothey. East Tennessee State answered by scoring a run on an overthrow to first, bringing the score to a 3-3 tie. With one out in the bottom of the tenth inning and one runner on, sophomore Danielle Spetar hit a walk-off home run scoring two to defeat the tournament's top seed, College of Charleston. This marks the first time in SoCon tournament history that a fifth-seed has defeated a one-seed.
East Tennessee State advances in the winner's bracket and will meet the winner of the Chattanooga-UNC Greensboro game on Friday, May 9 at 2:30. College of Charleston moves to the loser's bracket and will face Furman.