“Keep your eye on the ball, and hit ‘em where they ain’t,” are the famous words of National Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Keeler. The North Carolina softball team was unable to follow this advice on Saturday.
UNC played a double-header on Saturday afternoon as the team defeated Wisconsin, 9-7, and lost to Illinois, 2-5. These were two of four weekend home games for the Tar Heels, who finished 2-2 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Anderson Stadium.
North Carolina recorded 18 hits in its first game against Wisconsin, including a two-run home run by first-year Megan Dray. UNC amounted nine runs in that game, and was able to hold on in the late innings to grab a win.
“I thought we attacked the ball really well,” sophomore pitcher Brittany Pickett said. “That’s what we’ve been focusing on all week, especially after our midweek loss. We really proved to ourselves that coming back and executing good hits and making sure that we don’t leave runners on, I think we did really well with that.”
Pickett contributed to the victory as she recorded two hits, including an RBI double that hit off the outfield wall. She proved most valuable, however, on the mound. Pickett pitched 4.2 innings in relief, and earned her fourth victory of the season.