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North Carolina softball sees season end with loss to Ole Miss

One day after winning two games to keep its season alive, North Carolina softball was on the verge of forcing an improbable winner-takes-all matchup with No. 13-seed Ole Miss in the Oxford Regional of the NCAA Tournament. UNC held a two-run lead through the first three innings against the Rebels, who had yet to lose during the weekend, but couldn’t protect that advantage as its season came to an end with a 7-2 loss Sunday.


North Carolina third baseman Berlynne Delamora jogs in for a score after a home run against Elon on February 15.

What to know about North Carolina softball's NCAA tournament region

The North Carolina softball team will travel to Oxford, Miss., this weekend to compete in the double-elimination regional round of the 2017 NCAA Softball Championship. The Tar Heels will play Arizona State on Friday night and either Ole Miss or Southern Illinois on Saturday. Here's a quick look at each of the four teams competing.


North Carolina designated player Kendra Lynch (15) jogs toward her teammates after hitting a home run against UNC-Charlotte on March 7.

North Carolina softball qualifies for NCAA Tournament for third consecutive year

North Carolina softball head coach Donna Papa’s gut feeling was that her team’s season would continue. The Tar Heels had an RPI ranking in the mid-30s, reached the ACC Tournament championship game and finished third in the conference during the regular season with 14 wins — all of which gave UNC a strong résumé for an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament. But there’s nothing like hearing your name called and seeing it show up on the bracket. It removes all doubt. This year, Papa and her players didn’t have to wait long.


North Carolina softball feels no pressure as it enters ACC championship game

When North Carolina takes the field at Anderson Stadium, its home field, against Florida State in the ACC Tournament Championship on Saturday afternoon, it will be doing so against a softball powerhouse. The Seminoles are appearing in their 21st ACC title game and have won the tournament three years in a row. This season, not a single ACC opponent has managed to win against FSU.


North Carolina softball advances to tournament championship with 8-7 win over N.C. State

North Carolina had it in the bag — or so it appeared. Up four runs through four innings, the third-seeded Tar Heels seemed to be well on their way to an easy win against seventh-seeded N.C. State to earn a spot in Sunday’s ACC Tournament Championship. Then things changed quickly. The Wolfpack took the lead thanks to a five-run fifth inning, and the mood at Anderson Stadium went from relaxed to shocked.


UNC softball advances in ACC Tournament with 8-4 win over Syracuse

Having the luxury of playing in its home ballpark, the third-seeded North Carolina softball team opened up the ACC Softball Championship with a much-needed 8-4 victory against No. 7 seed Syracuse Thursday night in the tournament's quarterfinals at Anderson Stadium behind a huge first inning. With the win, UNC (37-18, 14-9) will face No. 7 seed N.C.


First-year pitcher Brittany Pickett (28) pitches on Wednesday during the game against James Madison.

UNC softball falls flat in final two home games

In its final home games of the season, the North Carolina softball team and No. 14 James Madison University combined for 27 hits through 12 innings. But the Tar Heels only claimed nine of those hits as the Dukes swept them in a midweek doubleheader.


North Carolina outfielder Destiny DeBerry (22) looks to steal a base against Ohio State on February 19th.

UNC softball splits series against Syracuse

Whether it was the rain or the need to catch a plane, the North Carolina softball team couldn’t quite fit in its three-game series against Syracuse this weekend — but that didn’t stop the Tar Heels from leaving the Empire State on a positive note.


UNC softball suffers first home defeat of the month in 8-7 loss to Winthrop

The North Carolina softball team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end with a 8-7 loss at home to Winthrop Wednesday. Plagued by a lack of command from its pitchers for most of the day, UNC (35-12, 13-5) fell behind 4-0, but rallied late as a three-run home run from senior Kendra Lynch in the bottom of the seventh inning cut the deficit to one.


Home runs from Pickett, Lynch complete softball sweep over Eagles

A six-run fifth inning ensured North Carolina’s (35-11, 13-5 ACC) 8-3 victory and series sweep over the Boston College Eagles (24-17, 8-6) on Saturday in Chapel Hill. What happened? Senior Tar Heel pitcher Kendra Lynch got off to a rocky start as the Eagles scratched across two runs on four hits in the top of the first inning. Lynch struggled to settle down, allowing eight hits over three innings.