North Carolina softball coach Donna Papa has stressed the importance of consistent offense all year. Looking at the numbers from her team’s weekend in the Athens regional, it’s easy to see why.
The Tar Heels managed a two-game total of just five hits against Bulldog pitcher Erin Arevalo. In wins against Georgia Southern and Coastal Carolina, UNC combined for 15. Sunday’s loss to the Bulldogs ended UNC’s season, and the team finished with a record of 43-15.
On Friday, UNC squeaked by Georgia Southern 2-1 in eight innings. Saturday, the Tar Heels lost to Georgia 3-2 but bounced back later in the day to defeat Coastal Carolina — but only 5-3. In the regional final on Sunday, the Bulldogs eliminated UNC, 2-1.
“We were right there with a team that was a top-10 seed,” Papa said. “But our bats kind of lacked in the postseason for us, which was disappointing, because that was one of our fortes during the regular season.”
But Papa said she was still thrilled with her team’s effort. Georgia, the tournament’s 10th-seeded team, presented a formidable challenge. But UNC proved it could hang with Georgia in front of a Bulldog crowd.