This was not the case Monday, however, as a trio of freshman lifted the North Carolina softball team (11-4, 2-0 ACC) to back-to-back wins over ACC-rival Virginia Tech (13-3, 0-2), 6-1 and 9-5.
The trinity of freshman players — pitchers Kaylee Carlson and Sydney Matzko and second baseman Taylor Wike — carried the Tar Heels with the same type of consistency and levelheadedness normally seen in more veteran players.
“We’ve just played some good teams, and I think now their confidence is starting to build,” Coach Donna Papa said. “(Pitchers) can get out there and throw their pitches and know that they have a good defense behind them and that we are going to make the plays.”
From the first pitch of game one, it was clear Carlson was a step ahead of the Hokies. The California native worked through the first four innings without conceding a run.