The Tar Heels decided they liked putting an early lead on the board so much that they did it again.
UNC's anxious offense allowed it to sweep a doubleheader against the Spartans with 8-0 and 6-4 wins Tuesday.
Michelle Semmes and Natalie Anter led the way with their bats, and the Tar Heels received impressive pitching performances from Radara McHugh and Michael Parrott en route to stymieing the Spartans at Finley Field.
In the opening game, UNC started quickly. The first inning saw Beth Olen line a two-out single to center field, scoring Semmes and Anter to give the Tar Heels a 2-0 lead.
North Carolina (32-17-1) would not look back.
The Tar Heels added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth and added four more in the sixth, enough for the them to upend the Spartans via the mercy rule.
"It makes the game a lot easier when you're ahead, especially in the first inning," Anter said. "For the pitching, the defense, and the hitting, a whole lot of confidence is spread throughout the team."
One batter who showed this confidence was Semmes, who put on a
4-for-4 offensive clinic in the opener. With her 343rd total base, she also passed Loren Slade at the top of UNC's career list.