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UNC softball blanked by George Washington in Carolina Classic Opener

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Zoe Goodman (33) swings against Michigan on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 in Anderson Stadium.

The North Carolina softball team looked to defend its home turf on Thursday at Anderson Stadium against a talented George Washington squad (10-2). Despite a busy day from first-year pitcher Hannah George, the Tar Heels lost 7-0 in seven innings against the Colonials, and have dropped to 6-8 on the season and lost five of their last six games.

What happened?

George Washington came out hot with several hits in the first inning that netted base appearances for the Colonials. A sacrifice fly gave them their first run, while an RBI single put UNC down 2-0 at the end of the first. The Tar Heels couldn’t get much going after that, as they mustered only three hits the entire game. 

Three runs combined in the third and fourth innings from George Washington all but put the game out of reach for North Carolina. The Colonials tacked on two more runs in the seventh and final inning for good measure, and the Tar Heels would go down scoreless.

Who stood out?

First-year Hannah George continues to show promise after a day that saw her toss 80 pitches against 20 batters. For the day, the Georgia native recorded a career-high six strikeouts and helped turn a double play in the sixth inning.

Senior Destiny DeBerry showed why she is one of the most consistent hitters on the team by notching one of UNC's three hits. With the second highest batting average on the team at .324, you can expect more strong showings from her in the future.

When was it decided?

Though the game may have been put out of reach earlier for UNC, the nail was effectively put in the coffin when the Colonials added their sixth and seventh runs in the seventh inning.

Why does it matter?

A strong start to the season saw UNC topple 17th-ranked Michigan twice and jump out to a 5-3 record. However, they’ve since stumbled and are at a crossroads early in the season. After a loss of this measure, the Tar Heels will have to find ways to win, and find them soon, if they want to turn their season around.

Who do they play next?

The Tar Heels will take to the diamond again when the Carolina Classic resumes on Friday. They host Fairfield at 6 p.m. as they seek a much-needed return to the win column.

@KenjonVander

@DTHSports | sports@dailytarheel.com

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