The North Carolina women’s softball team (38-20, 17-7 ACC) competed in the NCAA Knoxville Regional over the weekend, where they played five games before eventually falling to No. 10 Tennessee (42-15) 2-0 to end the season.
North Carolina started the tournament Friday against Ohio State and dropped the game 1-0 in a pitcher’s duel between junior Brittany Pickett and Morgan Ray. The game remained scoreless until the top of the sixth, when a leadoff double followed by a throwing error put runners on second and third with no outs. Ohio State’s sacrifice bunt gave them a 1-0 lead and proved to be enough to win.
In an elimination game on Saturday, the Tar Heels grabbed a quick 1-0 lead against Longwood when senior Kiani Ramsey singled in the top of the first. Longwood tied the game 1-1 with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first. A subsequent home run by sophomore Kristina Burkhardt gave UNC a 2-1 lead in the top of the third. The Tar Heels made it 3-1 in the top of the sixth, and first- year pitcher Hannah George shut down the Lancers for the next two innings to seal the victory for North Carolina.
With the win against Longwood, North Carolina played again Saturday against the Buckeyes. The game remained deadlocked until the top of the third, when UNC exploded for a five-run rally. With three straight walks, the Tar Heels had the bases loaded and no outs when senior Leah Murray reached on a fielder’s choice to give UNC a 1-0 lead. Burkhardt's single batted home two additional runs to expand the lead to 3-0. Ramsey also singled home another two runs to balloon the lead to 5-0 for North Carolina.