The North Carolina softball team upset No. 21 Virginia Tech in an ACC Coastal series this weekend. The Tar Heels took the first and third games to claim the series win.
The Tar Heels (29-15, 15-6 ACC) opened the series with a 3-0 win on Saturday afternoon against Virginia Tech (40-8, 17-4 ACC). In the first inning, junior pitcher Brittany Pickett struck out two batters. After a scoreless first three innings, first-year Lexi Godwin plated a RBI single with the bases loaded in the fourth inning to put the Tar Heels on the scoreboard. In the fifth inning, senior Leah Murray hit a single and stole second before senior Kiani Ramsey hit a RBI single up the middle for two insurance runs to give North Carolina a 3-0 lead. With no runs in the last two innings, the score was finalized at 3-0.
On Sunday, the Tar Heels played in a double header and won the series finale despite losing to the Hokies in the first game. In the first game of the day, Virginia Tech got on the scoreboard early with a two-run shot from Emma Strouth in the first inning. The Hokies chalked up two more runs off of RBI singles from Maddi Banks and Kelsey Bennett in the second and third innings. In the fifth inning, Murray hit a single and stole second base to earn her 100th career stolen base. However, the efforts by Murray were not enough as the Tar Heels went scoreless. Virginia Tech put another on the board in the fifth inning to finalize the score, 5-0.
The Tar Heels bounced back from the loss to secure the series finale in game three. After another scoreless first three innings, North Carolina exploded in the fourth inning with seven runs on eight hits. Murray kicked off the inning with a single to center before Ramsey hit a triple to center to score her.