When it came time to finish the job in California, the North Carolina softball team was stuck looking around for the closing deal that never came.
UNC played five different schools during the weekend in the Judi Garman Classic, losing to No. 2 Michigan, California, Oregon State and Cal State Fullerton, while defeating Long Beach State.
The Tar Heels led in three of the five games on the weekend and were tied with Michigan going into the bottom of the fifth inning, but UNC held onto a lead just once. Coach Donna Papa was discouraged with her team’s inability to close out games.
“It’s really frustrating when you have leads and you can’t finish the game,” Papa said. “We should’ve come out of here 3-2, but we’re leaving 1-4.”
Kendra Lynch started all five games in the circle for the Tar Heels, producing what Papa described as a “gutsy” performance throughout the weekend. The junior pitching 24 2/3 innings with 19 strikeouts and eight walks, earning the decision in every contest.