The North Carolina softball team defeated Winthrop 10-4 in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on Wednesday, in its sixth straight road game.
The Tar Heels (17-16) had a quick start in the first inning against the Winthrop Eagles (13-14) and never looked back. Their momentum started when redshirt first-year Kristina Burkhardt singled to right field and stole second base. Next up, Katie Bailiff gave the Tar Heels an early lead with a two-run home run to left field — her first of the season.
The Tar Heels continued that momentum throughout the rest of the game. UNC scored three runs the next several innings, one in the second and two in the third.
In the bottom of the third, the Eagles began coming back and scored four runs to come within a run of North Carolina at 5-4.
That did not stop the Tar Heels from scoring three runs in the top of the fifth to improve their lead to 8-4 and kept the Eagles scoreless in the bottom of the fifth.