North Carolina would score again in the bottom of the fifth. Junior Campbell Hutcherson reached base on an error and senior Destiny DeBerry raced down the line for an infield hit. A groundout advanced the runners, and a passed ball tied the game.
Florida State hit a leadoff home run in the top of the sixth to make it 5-4, and the next two hitters drew four-pitch walks to put runners on first and second with no outs. Before the end of the inning, Florida State knocked in two more runs, making it 7-4 Seminoles.
In the next half inning, Pickett smashed a ball to center field that sailed over the fence to bring North Carolina within two runs. The top of the seventh saw Florida State hit another leadoff home run and extend its lead to 8-5.
With one out and the bases loaded in the seventh inning, senior Berlynne Delamora drew a walk to force in a run, making the game 8-6 with a chance for UNC to take the lead. The Tar Heels were unable to capitalize, however, and the Seminoles held on for the 8-6 win.
Who stood out?
Pickett went 2 for 3 with two home runs, four RBI’s, and a walk on the day. Megan Dray also went 1 for 3 and drew a walk.
When was it decided?
The Seminoles' three-run sixth inning proved to be the separator, giving them a 7-4 cushion to secure the eventual victory despite a strong effort from the Tar Heels.
North Carolina played well against Florida State and was able to hang with the reigning NCAA champions as the game remained close until the end. The Tar Heels had an opportunity to win the game in the last inning with the bases loaded, but they did not capitalize.
Why does it matter?
After the game, UNC head coach Donna Papa discussed the missed opportunities her team had to win the game, specifically in the game's later stages,
"We didn’t get that hit that we needed," Papa said. "We had the right people up in the right spots and we didn’t deliver, especially in the seventh."
But Papa also focused on the positives to take from the game.
“The good thing is we put ourselves in a position to win the game in many innings, and it’s just capitalizing on that," Papa said.
When do they play next?
North Carolina will play a double header on Monday to wrap up its series against Florida State. Game one will start at 4 p.m., and game two will start at 7 p.m.
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