In a tough conference matchup, Georgia Tech emerged victorious against the North Carolina softball team this weekend, winning two of three games and handing the Tar Heels their first ACC series loss of the year.
In the past four games, the Tar Heels (16-12, 6-3 ACC) have only managed 11 runs while allowing 19, going 1-3 in that stretch. This included a 13-run outburst from Georgia Tech (22-12, 5-4 ACC) in Saturday's game, leading to an eight-run loss for UNC, matching the Tar Heels' largest margin of defeat of the season.
The Saturday loss was preceded by a strong showing to start the weekend, a 4-1 North Carolina victory on Friday. But on Sunday, squandered opportunities with runners on base led to a 3-2 loss to the Yellow Jackets, giving Georgia Tech the series victory.
Struggling to produce runs is not characteristic for North Carolina, a team that before this weekend was regularly dominating its opponents offensively. In their most recent series against Boston College, the Tar Heels won two of three games by mercy rule and churned out eight and nine runs in those two wins.
“With hitting, we just need to get more confidence," associate head coach Mary Jo Firnbach said. "We have some people that are a little bit more hesitant in the box, and we need to start taking charge of some at-bats, which I know we can do."