The North Carolina softball team swept USC-Upstate, 7-2 and 3-0, in a doubleheader on Tuesday through two strong defensive performances.
North Carolina beat the Spartans 7-2 in the first game after scoring spurts in the fourth and seventh inning and a strong defensive performance.
The Tar Heels couldn't practice on Monday due to rain, but that did not stop the defense from coming out strong — especially sophomore Brittany Pickett on the rubber. Pickett had three one-two-three innings in the second, third and fifth innings — along with four strikeouts and two earned runs in a complete game performance
“Brittany was so good today," head coach Donna Papa said, "her pitches were moving and our defense played great."
The offense gave the defense some room to breathe midway through the game with some big hits from senior Taylor Wike and Katelyn Shifflett. Wike led off the fourth inning with a home run to jumpstart a four run scoring tear.