The North Carolina softball team needed a fresh start.
After losing three straight games and starting its season off 2-6, things weren’t going exactly as well as they had hoped.
But as the Tar Heels proved this weekend, a poor start to a season is nothing that a little trip across the country can’t fix. In fact, a change of scenery proved to be exactly what UNC needed.
The Tar Heels participated in the Bank of Hawaii Invitational in Honolulu this past weekend with three other teams from across the country, including San Jose State, St. Mary’s and Hawaii. The team finished the weekend 4-1, going undefeated before falling to San Jose State 5-4 in the championship game Sunday afternoon.
“Overall I think this weekend was really good for us,” coach Donna Papa said. “Coming into this weekend, we were struggling to put it all together. When our pitching would show up, or hitting wouldn’t, or we would have great hitting and great pitching but our defense would kill us … but we led this tournament in pretty much all aspects. Our pitching was great, our bats came alive, our defense was stellar. We were able to kind of climb out of a hole this weekend.”