Despite a 1-3 showing at the ACC-Big 10 Challenge, the No. 25 North Carolina softball team is optimistic looking into the future of this season.
The Tar Heels have faced a difficult early season schedule, going head-to-head with No. 9 Alabama and No. 11 Michigan twice and No. 5 Florida State once through the first ten games of the 2020 campaign. With this tough stretch behind them, UNC has maintained a .500 winning percentage and a top-25 ranking as a less demanding portion of competition approaches.
“That kind of competition shows you your strengths and your weaknesses,” head coach Donna Papa said. “That’s the difference between making that next step up, and that move to get where you want to be is capitalizing on other people’s mistakes.”
But in a weekend that saw North Carolina play Michigan and Wisconsin twice each, an inability to capitalize on opportunities led the Tar Heels to losses that could have gone either way.
In a Friday afternoon match-up against the Wolverines, the Tar Heels dropped a difficult game with Michigan scoring off of a seventh-inning single to take the win, 4-3. Saturday was a mixed bag for the Tar Heels, who were shut out of the first game of the day against Michigan, 4-0, and came back later that afternoon to pull out a closely-fought 4-3 win against Wisconsin.