UNC Softball

Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Softball.

UNC's Top Wins of 2015-2016: No. 15-No. 11

No. 13: UNC 83, Syracuse 66 (Final Four) - Men's Basketball, April 2, 2016: Carolina faced a familiar opponent in its first Final Four since 2009 when the Tar Heels took on 10th-seeded Syracuse in the national semifinals. Four Tar Heels finished in double figures, including Justin Jackson and Brice Johnson, who had game highs of 16 points each. (

UNC's Top 25 Wins of 2015-16: No. 25-21

No. 23: Carolina 77, Syracuse 73 - Women's Basketball, Jan. 7, 2016: A disappointing season that was derailed by an injury to senior Xylina McDaniel had its high point on Jan. 7, when the Tar Heels knocked off eventual NCAA finalist Syracuse 77-73 at Carmichael Arena. (

Lynch, Wagner Named NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes

Tar Heel upperclassmen Kendra Lynch and Elly Wagner were named All-America Scholar Athletes on Monday as awarded by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). The award is bestowed upon student-athletes who achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or higher during the 2015-16 academic year. (

Marcus Paige, Kristen Brown, Emily Wold Win Patterson Medal

Kristen Brown, the Atlantic Coast Conference’s all-time softball home run leader, Marcus Paige, Carolina’s all-time leader in three-point field goals, and Emily Wold, a three-time first-team All-America in field hockey, are the 2016 recipients of the Patterson Medal, the most prestigious athletic award given at the University of North Carolina. (

Tar Heels Honored With ACC Awards For Outstanding Service

Austin Proehl, Football - Proehl is an eager and enthusiastic volunteer and makes frequent trips to read with local elementary school students. Members of the football team visit UNC Hospitals before each home game, and he is always among the group. No matter the opportunity or audience, Proehl brings energy and a positive spirit to the task. (

Kristen Brown Named Softball First Team All-America

Tar Heel shortstop Kristen Brown was named First-Team All-America on Wednesday, as elected by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). It is the second consecutive All-America award for the senior, who earned a Third Team selection in 2015. Brown became the ninth Tar Heel to garner All-America honors. (

UNC Softball's Season Ends With Back-And-Forth Battle In Extra Innings

On a cold, rain-soaked night, North Carolina softball saw its season come to a close, as the Longwood Lancers came back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Tar Heels, 5-4, in nine innings. The win sends Longwood (40-19) to its first-ever NCAA Regional Final against No. 7 overall seed JMU, while Carolina’s 2016 campaign comes to a close at 32-25. (

Seventh-Seeded James Madison Slugs Past UNC Softball, 10-1

A first-inning grand slam jumpstarted the James Madison offense, powering the No. 7 overall seed into its own NCAA Regional Final with a 10-1 defeat of Carolina. UNC returns to Veterans Memorial Park tonight at 7 p.m. to face the winner of the elimination game between Longwood and Princeton for a chance at a rematch with JMU on ‘Championship Sunday’ at 2 p.m. (

UNC Softball Tops Longwood With Record-Breaking Walk-Off Blast

Carolina fell behind 4-0 early, but a four-run fifth inning tied the score and senior shortstop Kristen Brown crushed a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to propel UNC to a 6-4 victory over Longwood University in the opening game of the 2016 NCAA Regionals. “We’ve been this way all year,” said head coach Donna J. Papa. (

NFCA Selects Kristen Brown To All-Region First Team

UNC shortstop Kristen Brown was named to the All-Southeast Region First Team on Thursday, as elected by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). It is the second consecutive All-Region award for the senior, who was also named All-ACC First Team this month. Brown was one of two ACC players selected to the All-Southeast Region First Team. (

Turner's Take: More

Late Sunday night, the UNC softball team gathered in a corner of R&R Grill to watch the NCAA Tournament Selection Show. There were flatbreads and hummus on the buffet, smiles and laughs at the tables, and TVs tuned to ESPNU. The Tar Heels were either going to celebrate an NCAA Tournament bid, or this would be and end-of-season gathering. (

Missed Opportunities Hurt UNC Softball In ACC Semifinals

North Carolina had runners on base in all-but-one inning, but lacked the timely hits necessary to get the job done as the Tar Heels fell to top-seeded No. 6 Florida State, 7-1, in the ACC Semifinals. The Seminoles (47-8) advanced to play the winner of #2-seed Louisville vs. #3-seed Notre Dame in Saturday’s ACC Championship game. (

Turner's Take: Complete Game

Kendra Lynch smiles between pitches. She picks up some dirt from the back of the circle, rubs it in her fingers to help get a feel for the ball. She rocks to her right, brings the ball to her waist, leans forward and uncoils the pitch. The repetition, the ritual served Lynch and the Tar Heels well on Thursday. (

Six-Run Sixth Inning Propels UNC Softball To Quarterfinal Victory

UNC junior Kendra Lynch twirled a four-hit gem then scored the game-winning run to kick off a six-run sixth inning as the Tar Heels defeated Boston College, 6-0, in the Quarterfinals of the 2016 ACC Softball Championship on Thursday. UNC (31-22) advances to play top-seeded No. 6 Florida State on Friday, May 13, at 1 p.m., in the first ACC Semifinal game. (

Three Tar Heels Earn All-ACC Softball Honors

North Carolina’s Kristen Brown, Kendra Lynch and Taylor Wike were each named to 2016 All-ACC softball teams on Thursday. Brown and Lynch earned spots on the All-ACC First Team, while Wike garnered Second Team honors. “I am thrilled for Kristen, Kendra and Taylor on their achievement of all-conference,” said head coach Donna J. Papa. (

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