After the gray skies and bitterly cold winds that have dominated the Chapel Hill weather reports lately, a Floridian spring break is looking better and better every day.
A taste of that break came early for the North Carolina softball team this weekend when it traveled to Clermont, Fla., for the National Invitational Tournament.
However, this weekend in Florida didn’t involve any lounging on the beach as the Tar Heels, ranked second in the ACC preseason coach’s poll, played four games during the course of the two-day tournament. The Tar Heels, coached by hall-of-famer Donna Papa, found success in Florida, winning all four contests.
The first of these games was on Friday against the North Florida Ospreys.
UNC got on the board early with runs from Ally Blake and Haleigh Dickey to put it ahead by three. While North Florida did not give up another run, a two-hit, 13-strikeout game from sophomore pitcher Lori Spingola meant the Ospreys remained scoreless and ensured a final 3-0 shutout victory for the Tar Heels.