Junior Kendra Lynch is perhaps one of the best pitchers in the ACC. But coming off a weekend series against Syracuse where she went 0-for-8 at the plate, it was time for Lynch to reassert herself at bat.
While she also earned a win as the North Carolina softball team's starting pitcher, Lynch's hitting proved to be the difference for UNC in a 5-3 victory over Longwood on Tuesday in Farmville, Va.
With the Tar Heels (13-11, 2-1 ACC) leading 1-0 in the top of the first inning, Lynch crushed a three-run home run to give UNC a 4-0 lead over the Lancers (9-8). Lynch finished the day 2-for-4 at the plate.
“We started off really strong. … We were aggressive at the plate, we were swinging at good pitches, and we were just making things happen," Coach Donna Papa said. "We were in a good rhythm.”
North Carolina added to its lead in the second inning, when senior Aquilla Mateen scored from third base on a sacrifice fly to make it 5-0 in favor of the Tar Heels. Longwood changed pitchers in the third inning, which ultimately changed the landscape of the game.