North Carolina pitcher Lori Spingola continued her successful freshman campaign by bringing her record to 19-8 on the season, but she wasn’t the only freshman to play a key role in converting a third-straight ACC series win this weekend against Virginia.
Freshman right fielder Jordan Scarboro set the tone in the first game of the series with a go-ahead, two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth, propelling the Tar Heels to their first of two wins in the doubleheader Saturday.
Scarboro, who was recruited as a shortstop but quickly converted to an outfielder, has won the praise of UNC coach Donna Papa for working hard to make the transition a smooth one.
“She’s a fighter, and she’s tough, so she made the adjustment pretty easily,” Papa said. “She came out and took extra balls, and she embraced the role.”
Coaches describe the 5-foot-3 outfielder with nicknames such as “mini, but mighty” and “ankle biter,” but warn opposing pitchers they should not overlook her.