Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Softball.
Parkinson Homers as UNC Softball Blanks Longwood
Led by the bats of freshmen Megan Dray and Sierra Parkinson, and Brittany Pickett in the circle, North Carolina shut out Longwood, 3-0, on Tuesday for the Tar Heels' seventh shutout of the season. Dray drove in the game-winning run in the fourth inning on an RBI-single while Parkinson slugged her first career home run to ensure the UNC victory.
Another Goal Achieved For Morgan Lane, UNC Olympic Sports Notes
Morgan Lane had come close before. But on Saturday at N.C. State's Reynolds Coliseum, Lane finally accomplished one of the few things she had yet to achieve in her storied UNC gymnastics career – she qualified for the NCAA Championships. Lane earned an all-around score of 39.325 to finish in a tie for sixth at the 2018 NCAA Southeast Regional.
Carolina Softball Walks Off for Series Sweep of Virginia Tech
With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, Sierra Parkinson sent a two-run single to center for the 4-3 walk-off win and UNC's third comeback victory of the weekend over Virginia Tech en route to Sunday's series sweep (Highlights
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Clutch Hitting Propels UNC Softball Past Hokies in Doubleheader Sweep
Despite Virginia Tech scoring first in both games, UNC swept the doubleheader for a pair of comeback wins, scoring 12 runs on Friday. Sierra Parkinson drove in the game-winning run for the 2-1 victory in game one. The Tar Heels' offense exploded in game two for the 10-2 victory, thanks to Kiani Ramsey's first career home run and first UNC grand slam of the season.
UNC Softball Comes Up Short to UNCG in 10 innings
Despite an early 2-0 lead, North Carolina and UNCG battled through 10 innings Wednesday, but the Spartans took the 4-3 win at Anderson Stadium. Kiani Ramsey led UNC's offense, going 2-for-3 at the plate. Five Tar Heels each logged a hit while Kristina Burkhardt and Goodman drove in a run apiece. The Tar Heels host Virginia Tech Friday through Sunday.
Taylor Wike Garners Second ACC Softball Player of the Week Honor
For the second time this season, North Carolina senior Taylor Wike has been named the ACC Player of the Week, as announced Tuesday afternoon by the league office. This is the fourth weekly honor for the Tar Heels in 2018. With two hits in each game, Wike led Carolina's offense to a 3-1 week on the road with a .571 average and a .647 on-base percentage.
Jamie Ortega's Big Day, UNC Olympic Sports Notes
In climbing back from a 6-2 deficit to defeat Notre Dame 13-12 on Saturday at Kenan Stadium, the fifth-ranked Tar Heels received a stellar effort from Jamie Ortega, who played one of the best games by a freshman in program history. Ortega scored a career-high six goals, which marked the most goals by a UNC true freshman in at least the last 20 seasons.
North Carolina Softball Wins Series vs. Virginia
Logging 14 hits in the opener, North Carolina topped Virginia, 11-7 to begin the day. However, the Tar Heels could not complete the sweep, falling short in the finale, 10-5 on Saturday afternoon. "We battled and competed in every game this weekend," coach Donna J. Papa said. "I could go through the entire lineup because everyone did some great things for us."
UNC Softball Blanks Virginia in Series Opener
Led by the bats of Taylor Wike and Katie Bailiff and the pitching of Brittany Pickett, North Carolina shut out Virginia, 8-0 in six innings on Friday to begin the ACC series. Giving up a mere three hits, Pickett hurled eight-strikeouts for a single-game ACC best. Both plating two runs, Wike and Bailiff were perfect at the plate, logging two and three hits, respectively.
15 Hits Power UNC Softball over Winthrop, 10-4
With 15 hits and five multi-hit at-bats, North Carolina topped Winthrop, 10-4 on Wednesday in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The Tar Heels improve to 17-16 on the year. Leah Murray and Taylor Wike each had three hits while Kristina Burkhardt, Katie Bailiff and Destiny DeBerry slugged two each. Logging her first home run of the season, Bailiff led UNC's offense with three RBI.
Brittany Pickett Named ACC Pitcher of the Week
Tossing each of North Carolina's four wins, sophomore Brittany Pickett has been named the ACC's Pitcher of the Week. This is Pickett's fourth honor and third for the Tar Heels in 2018. Pickett tossed each of UNC's wins, limiting her opponents to a .196 clip with a 1.25 ERA. Pickett and the Tar Heels continue their road trip Wednesday at Winthrop.
Cody Roberts Thriving At Leadoff Spot, UNC Olympic Sport Notes
Never in Cody Roberts' baseball career had he batted leadoff. But out of necessity, he's recently assumed that spot in the UNC baseball team's batting order. And both he and the Tar Heels are reaping benefits. Since moving to the top of the order for the series opener against Pittsburgh on March 16, Roberts is batting .393 with a home run, six RBI and 10 runs scored.
Carolina Softball Wins Pitchers' Duel to Take Notre Dame Series
UNC won a 1-0 pitchers' duel against Notre Dame to take the series Sunday. Brittany Pickett threw a five-hit shutout with six strikeouts while Berlynne Delamora plated the game-winning run in the seventh for UNC's sixth ACC win of the season. "I'm proud of this team and the resiliency they had after how we left the field yesterday," coach Donna J. Papa said.
North Carolina Softball Outlasts Notre Dame, 7-4
Thanks to a five-run third inning, North Carolina topped Notre Dame in Friday's series opener for the 7-4 win behind Brittany Pickett's 15th complete game and four RBI from Indiana native Kristina Burkhardt. Despite Notre Dame's early two-run lead, Carolina fought back to take a five-run lead by the third inning and hold on through seven innings for the 7-4 win.
UNC Softball Sweeps Doubleheader at USC-Upstate
Anchored by the pitching of Brittany Pickett, Carolina topped USC-Upstate in a pair of games Tuesday in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Improving 12-5 on the season, Pickett tossed two complete-game wins, giving up only two runs in game one and shutting out the Spartans in game two. Taylor Wike led Carolina's offense, going 3-for-5 with two runs in the pair of games.