The North Carolina softball team headed into the series against No. 3 Florida State knowing that it would be one of the toughest challenges of the season. Weather postponed the first game of the series to Sunday, followed by a doubleheader Monday evening.
That didn’t stop UNC from coming away with a series win in which players and fans alike recognized the amount of the time and effort the seniors have put into the team throughout their careers. North Carolina dropped the first game, 6-8, but swept the doubleheader, earning 6-5 and 1-0 victories to post the first top-five wins in program history.
Going into Sunday, the Tar Heels (26-14, 13-5 ACC) had won seven of their last eight games, while FSU (38-7, 10-5 ACC) had just lost two of three games in its last series to Louisville. The Seminoles’ strong form was slipping, and UNC made sure to capitalize, as senior Berlynne Delamora pointed out after the final game.
“Anybody could win any given day,” Delamora said. “And we noticed that Florida State’s demeanors looked as if they were stressed. So, we just came in and got the job done.”
A factor in FSU’s apparent stress was certainly North Carolina’s narrow defeat in Sunday’s game. The game was tied, 4-4, before the Seminoles cranked out three runs thanks to a solo home run and a triple down the left field line in the final two innings.