The importance of a quick start was obvious in the North Carolina softball team's three games during this weekend’s Gamecock Invitational in Columbia, S.C. — especially since the team that scored in the first inning went on to win each game.
UNC went 1-2 in its three games played this weekend. The Tar Heels fell to Appalachian State 4-3 on Friday. And on Saturday, UNC split its doubleheader — defeating College of Charleston 13-2 and losing to South Carolina 6-3. Its fourth game, scheduled for Sunday, was cancelled due to weather concerns.
The Tar Heels opened the weekend against Appalachian State on Friday and came out sluggish against the Mountaineers. UNC allowed two runs in both the first and third innings to go down 4-0 before fighting back in the fifth with three runs of their own.
UNC wasn’t able to capitalize on the 11 runners they left on base throughout the game and were unable to add another run in the final two innings of play, giving the Mountaineers the 4-3 win.
“Really disappointed about that game,” Coach Donna Papa said. “We had great opportunities with runners in scoring position and we didn’t get good execution. We wound up getting in a mentality of looking for more walks than being aggressive with our at bats. That was a game you shouldn’t lose.”