In an 11-4 blowout victory against Elon on Wednesday night, the North Carolina softball team flexed its offensive muscle early.
But the seven runs it scored in the first two innings didn’t come off power swings.
Coming off four straight losses, including a sweep at the hands of No. 22 Georgia Tech, the Tar Heels came into the game with their focus on the fundamentals.
“We talked a lot about doing our job, doing the little things well,” UNC coach Donna Papa said. “If we have a runner on first, bunt them over. If we got a runner in scoring position, score them. So I thought we did really nice job of sort of going station to station.”
The offensive attack began immediately for the Tar Heels as the first three batters reached base — all without the ball leaving the infield. Junior outfielder Kelli Wheeler led off the inning with a hit by pitch, and Amy Nece and Haleigh Dickey followed suit with a bunt single and a little squib that dropped just under the glove of the lunging second baseman.