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Softball Blanks Lady Paladins

Radara McHugh put together a nine-strikeout, seven-inning shutout in the first game. Michael Parrott followed with a seven-strikeout, complete-game shutout.

A sacrifice fly, an RBI single and great baserunning accounted for all three runs in the first game.

In the bottom of the second inning, Quinn Porter led off with a single off Lady Paladins' pitcher Kelly Jack. Designated player Carrie Bates bunted Porter to second.

Porter was pushed to third when Jack fumbled a hit by Natashalyn Snipes. Emily Price stepped to the plate and hit a long fly that allowed Porter to tag and race home for the 1-0 lead.

The bottom of the fourth inning yielded the rest of the scoring. With Snipes and Price on base, shortstop Michelle Semmes hit another fly ball into the outfield.

Snipes tagged and headed to third, but she didn't stop there as Furman's Kay Brittain checked Price at first, allowing Snipes to sprint home and score.

After Snipes scored, Price made her way to third after a bad throw. Natalie Anter singled her home to give UNC a 3-0 lead that it wouldn't relinquish.

McHugh worked a 1-2-3 third, fifth and seventh innings to secure the shutout. "I pitched quite a bit better than I normally do against Furman," McHugh said. "I try to make my goal a shutout every game."

Parrott followed McHugh's lead with a gem of her own. She received a bit more run support which made it easier on her.

UNC executed in the bottom of the first and third innings. Anter approached the plate with runners on first and third in the first inning. Usually the team's power hitter, Anter laid down a suicide squeeze, and Porter streaked home to score.

"It wasn't a big hitting game," UNC's Kelly Ramsey said. "You have to look for smallball kinds of plays because that comes with good pitching." Ramsey batted in one of her two RBI and scored in the bottom of the third to give UNC a 5-0 lead.

"When you do the little things well, you can execute," UNC coach Papa said. "We made things happen (Tuesday)."

The Sports Editor can be reached at sports@unc.edu.

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