The North Carolina softball team (20-13, 9-4 ACC) defeated Virginia (16-19, 5-8) on Saturday, 8-0, after piling on four runs in the fifth inning to put the game away by mercy rule.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of second inning, when UNC scored the first run of the game.
Campbell Hutcherson hit a double to left center field for only the third hit of the game that scored first-year Shayla Thompson that inning. The Tar Heels created another opportunity to score later that same inning as a single by Leah Murray brought Hutcherson in to put UNC up by two.
Junior Brittany Pickett continued to hold the Cavaliers scoreless in the third inning, as the Tar Heels put up two more runs to give her a comfortable lead. The first came from a solo shot home run from sophomore Megan Dray to left centerfield. The second was scored by first-year Lexi Godwin on a single to left centerfield by senior Berlynne Delamora.