The No. 25 North Carolina softball team needed just five innings to defeat Campbell by a score of 11-1 on Wednesday at Anderson Stadium.
The Tar Heels (4-2) started the game slowly, picking up just one hit in the first inning. UNC’s offense came alive in the bottom of the second, exploding for four runs after the Camels (1-5) took an early 1-0 lead. North Carolina's first run came after Katie Perkins walked with the bases loaded to bring in Gaby Katz, who was pinch-running for Zoë Goodman.
The Tar Heels took a lead that they wouldn't relinquish after Kiersten Licea knocked in Abby Settlemyer. UNC made it 4-1 after a single to center field by Destiny Middleton drove in both Hannah George and Katie Perkins.
George also helped North Carolina in the circle. She shutout Campbell in the third inning, giving up just one walk and forcing three flyouts. The Tar Heels then extended their lead by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third. Perkins stepped up to bat with the bases loaded, and an error by Campbell allowed her to reach first, while Megan Dray ran home for UNC’s first run of the inning. Bri Stubbs drove in the other two runs in the next at-bat, which were scored by Settlemyer and Campbell Hutcherson.