Lack of execution by UNC was a recurring theme, and the team left several runners on base despite four errors from Elon.
Who stood out?
For the Tar Heels, Abbatine scored the only run off of a throwing error. Sophomore Brittany Pickett was able to strike out five batters in four scoreless innings of relief. Kiani Ramsey produced the only multi-hit performance for the team.
When was it decided?
Elon scored two early runs in the bottom of the second and then was able to hold off the Tar Heels for the rest of the game.
Although UNC was never able to take the lead, the game came down to the wire. The team landed two runners on base in the top of the fifth, and operated efficiently on defense. In the bottom of the fifth and sixth, the Tar Heels were able to get consecutive one-two-three innings, an impressive feat regardless of the loss.
Why does it matter?
This loss pushed the Tar Heels to 3-2, and while it is still early on in the year, these games are important as they try to find their identity this season.
The lack of execution hinted at possibly bigger problems for the team’s future, as UNC was unable to take the lead despite several mistakes from the Phoenix.
Head coach Donna Papa expressed this disappointment in the team’s inability to execute.
“Whenever you put a team out there on the field," she said, "you have to play."
She hopes that the team will be be able to bounce back for the upcoming games and work out its offensive struggles.
When do they play next?
North Carolina takes on Illinois on Friday at 4 p.m. at home, as part of the ACC/Big Ten challenge.
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