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Record 385 Tar Heels Named To ACC Academic Honor Roll
A record 385 North Carolina student-athletes have been named to the 2016-17 Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll, announced Thursday by the league. It's the second year in a row and the fourth time in the past five years that UNC has established a new high and the fifth year in a row that more than 300 Tar Heel student-athletes have been honored.
Kendra Lynch, Brittany Pickett Earn All-ACC Academic Softball Honors
Second Team All-American Kendra Lynch and ACC Freshman of the Year Brittany Pickett were named to the 2017 All-ACC Academic Team. The duo combined to earn 33 of the Heels' 40 victories in the circle while totaling 33 home runs at the plate. Lynch, who graduated in May, takes home All-ACC Academic honors for the second consecutive season.
UNC finishes 5th nationally in race for the Learfield Directors’ Cup
UNC finished fifth in the final 2016-17 Learfield Directors' Cup standings, the Tar Heels' 11th top-five and 20th top-10 finish in the 24-year history of the award. It marks the 18th time UNC is the highest-ranked ACC program. The Directors' Cup measures NCAA post-season competitive success and awards points to a maximum of 10 men's and 10 women's programs per school.
Kendra Lynch Named NFCA Second Team Softball All-America
UNC senior Kendra Lynch was named Second Team All-America Wednesday, as selected by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Lynch is the 10th Tar Heel to earn NFCA All-America honors and it marks the third consecutive season that UNC has received an All-America selection. “Kendra has had an All-American year,” said coach Donna J. Papa.
UNC Softball Falls To No. 12-Seed Ole Miss In Regional Final
North Carolina's 2017 season came to a close on Sunday afternoon, as 12th-seeded Ole Miss came back to score five runs over the final two innings and defeat the Tar Heels, 7-2, in the NCAA Oxford Regional Final. The win punches the 13th-ranked Rebels' (43-18) ticket to Super Regionals for the first time in program history, while the Tar Heels end the year at 40-21.
Kendra Lynch leads UNC softball
It's ironic that National Player of the Year Finalist Kendra Lynch holds five pitching records at UNC but is not atop the record list in any career hitting categories yet. The Indianapolis native chose to be a Tar Heel because it was a program she knew she could have a two-dimensional role in. Lynch wanted to hit, UNC offered the dual-threat player an opportunity she couldn't turn down.
Doubleheader Sweep Sends UNC Softball To Regional Final
With their season on the line, the Tar Heels won back-to-back elimination games on Saturday to propel themselves into the NCAA Oxford Regional Final. UNC was led by a freshman duo in the pitchers' circle, as Brittany Pickett tossed a three-hit shutout over Southern Illinois, 4-0, then Kellyn Daly earned her first career victory with a 3-2 win over No. 22 Arizona State.
Four Home Runs Launch Sun Devils Past UNC Softball, 9-3
North Carolina batted around and scored three in the top of the first, but No. 22 Arizona State blasted four home runs in the first three innings to slug past the Tar Heels, 9-3, in the opening game of the NCAA Oxford Regional. The win sends the Sun Devils (31-20) in to the winner's bracket, while UNC (38-20) returns to Ole Miss Softball Complex at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 20, to face either #12-seed Ole Miss or Southern Illinois.
Tar Heel Blog Podcast: Turner Walston Special
On this week’s show, Turner Walston returns to talk about the recent success of UNC’s spring athletic teams. We will discuss the student-athletes and coaches who have been keys to the Tar Heels’ success. Also, we will look ahead to the upcoming games/matches for a number of the teams who are competing in their respective end-of-season tournaments.
UNC Softball Headed To Oxford, Miss., For NCAA Regionals
UNC softball received an at-large bid for the 2017 NCAA Tournament and will travel to Oxford, Mississippi, on May 19-21 for NCAA Regionals. Ole Miss receives the No. 12 overall seed and will host Arizona State and Southern Illinois in addition to the Heels. UNC will open the double-elimination weekend on Friday, May 19, at 7 p.m. against Arizona State on ESPN.
Turner's Take: Not Done Yet
The UNC Softball team gathered to learn their postseason fate. Coming off a weekend in which they hosted the ACC Tournament and fell by a single run in the title game to Florida State, the Tar Heels felt good about their chances of an NCAA Tournament bid. Requests of "Can you turn it up?" echoed around the room. and the NCAA Softball Tournament Selection Show began.
UNC Softball Falls Just Short In ACC Title Game
A three-run home run by Katelyn Shifflett in the top of the seventh cut the deficit to a single run, but top-seeded Florida State closed out a perfect 27-0 season against ACC opponents with a 4-3 victory to capture its fourth consecutive ACC Tournament title. The Seminoles secured the ACC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while the Tar Heels fall to 38-19.
North Carolina softball feels no pressure as it enters ACC championship game
When UNC takes the field at Anderson Stadium, its home field, against Florida State in the ACC Tournament Championship on Saturday, it will be doing so against a softball powerhouse. The Seminoles are appearing in their 21st ACC title game and have won the tournament three years in a row. This season, not a single ACC opponent has beaten FSU.
UNC Softball Beats NC State To Advance To ACC Finals
Third-seeded North Carolina held off a late surge from NC State Friday in the ACC Softball Semifinals, defeating the Wolfpack, 8-7, to advance to the ACC Championship game for the first time since 2011 (Highlights
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Six-Run First Inning Leads UNC Softball Into ACC Semis
No. 3-seed North Carolina scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning to propel itself to an 8-4 victory over No. 6-seed Syracuse in the last Quarterfinal of day one of the 2017 ACC Softball Championship, hosted by the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill. The win sends the Heels into the ACC Semifinals, where they will face NC State at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.