After a 1-3 showing in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge that caused them to plummet out of the top 25, the North Carolina softball team rebounded on Tuesday afternoon with a 7-0 victory over North Carolina Central.
The Tar Heels seemed to be recovering from a long weekend of competitive action when the game started slow and was knotted at zero for the first two innings. The Eagles managed to keep the Tar Heels at bay until the bottom of the third inning, when head coach Donna Papa’s team was finally able to sneak runners on base.
First-year outfielder Bri Stubbs completed a surprise bunt, helping her get all the way to second base and drive in the game’s first run after N.C. Central threw an errant ball over first base.
Once the Tar Heels developed an appetite for scoring, the inning went south for the Eagles. A passed ball brought Stubbs in for the second score of the game, only to be one-upped by junior Zoë Goodman, who powered a two-run home run that to center field to cap off an explosive four-run inning for UNC.
A home run from sophomore Kiersten Licea in the fifth paired with an RBI double from Alyssa Stanley and yet another home run in the sixth inning meant UNC maintained a comfortable lead before ending the day with a 7-0 victory.
Papa was proud of the way her team responded to a challenge she gave them before the game.
“My two words for today were attack and adjust,” Papa said. “I was pleased that we made adjustments and played solid all the way around.”