The North Carolina softball (17-12, 6-3) defeated the East Carolina Pirates (19-14, 1-2), 5-0, on Wednesday. The Tar Heels used a four-run fifth inning to grab control of the game, while junior Brittany Pickett had a two-hit shutout en route to her tenth victory of the season.
After a scoreless four innings, North Carolina had three consecutive walks to begin the fifth inning before senior Kiani Ramsey hit a double to give the Tar Heels a 3-0 lead. Senior Berlynne Delamora singled to left to drive in Ramsey, making the score 4-0 before the end of the inning.
In the top of the seventh a leadoff walk by Pickett, a fielding error, and a Megan Dray walk set up the bases loaded with no outs for first-year Abby Settlemyre. She hit a sacrifice fly to make the score 5-0, which would prove to be the game's last score. North Carolina closed out the game in the bottom of the seventh to win.