North Carolina pitcher Lori Spingola battled back from a tough start and tossed her second no-hitter of the season in Wednesday’s 8-0 win against South Carolina.
Spingola found herself in an unusual situation in the first inning. The ACC leader in strikeouts and wins was faced with a bases-loaded situation after walking two Gamecocks and hitting another with a pitch.
“I started getting behind and throwing balls,” she said. “I thought that the pitches were in good spots, but that he just wasn’t calling them. I just tried to stay positive, put it past me and throw strikes.”
Throw strikes she did, forcing USC’s Dana Hathorn to strike out swinging and getting Kaitlin Westfall looking to end the first inning and leave three Gamecocks stranded on base.
After Spingola got out of the jam, a four-run first inning for UNC gave her a cushion that allowed her to never look back.