While construction has been delayed on the state-of-the-art field, the Tar Heels used this weekend to address another complex: beating Florida State.
North Carolina beat the 17th-ranked Seminoles 3-2 in eight innings Sunday at Finley Field.
The game, part of the Tar Heel Invitational, gave the Tar Heels
(24-16-1, 1-2 in the ACC) some revenge after losing 2-0 and 5-0 to Florida State in a conference doubleheader Friday. The win also gave them some confidence.
"We had just dropped two," North Carolina shortstop Michelle Semmes said Sunday. "So we wanted to prove to ourselves that we could compete with them, that we could beat them."
The first step in that proof was scoring a run, which the Tar Heels could not accomplish in 14 innings Friday. Kelly Ramsey took that onus on her shoulders in the second inning Sunday with a home run over the 222-foot sign in right-center field.
After seven innings, though, the game was tied 2-2. The Seminoles (39-7, 3-1) had scored both of their runs because of two Tar Heel throwing errors on steal attempts, which gave UNC pitcher Radara McHugh (15-9) a sickening case of deja vu.
On Friday against Florida State, she took a no-hitter into the sixth only to be done in by two infield errors.
"You definitely think about that," McHugh said. "But I think that (Sunday), we had a little more fight."