“I knew this was going to have to be a really big role for me to fill and step into,” Lynch said. “I like playing other positions, but I loved it this weekend … I really enjoy this role and where I’m at right now.”
In Friday’s first game, the Tar Heels dominated the Thundar behind Lynch, who allowed just one hit while striking out a career-high seven batters in her second career complete-game shutout.
Offensively, it was a team affair, as every Tar Heel in the starting lineup collected a hit.
The Tar Heels weren’t as offensively loaded in Friday’s second game — an eight-inning battle against Texas.
UNC took an early 4-1 lead in the top of the second inning after senior Kristen Brown hit a three-run shot, but the Longhorns ultimately tied the game at 5 in the bottom of the fifth.
Coming in relief of starting pitcher Sydney Matzko, Lynch inherited two runners, who both scored to tie the game. The Tar Heels went on to lose 6-5 in the bottom of the eighth, as Lynch gave up a bases-loaded walk.
North Carolina lost both of its games on Saturday, dropping a second game against Texas 7-6 and losing to the Thundar 5-2.
Lynch started the second game against Texas, pitching six innings while giving up four earned runs.
UNC ended the weekend on a high note, as Lynch threw her second complete-game shutout in three days against Arkansas.
Lynch said she felt comfortable this weekend and attributed her success to making opposing teams feel off balance with a variety of pitches.
“I was changing their vision going up, but then I was getting them off balance with my off-speed,” Lynch said.
And although the weekend didn’t go as planned at times, Brown said she anticipates good things to come with the rest of the season.
“Obviously we didn’t win as many games as we wanted to win, but the hitting was good and the pitching was good,” she said. “We just didn’t make key plays at the right time.”