The 2019 season was one that saw unprecedented success for the North Carolina softball team, including a victorious series against then-No. 3 Florida State, which was their first-ever defeat of a top-5 team. With nine victories over ranked teams, the Tar Heels were able to finish as runners-up in the ACC Tournament. Their historic season ended at the NCAA Knoxville Regional Championship at the hands of Tennessee.
With two players being named to the preseason all-ACC team, North Carolina will look to replicate the success of last season, and possibly go even further. Despite season-opening losses to No. 2 Alabama and No. 9 Florida State, the Tar Heels won their next three, including a rematch against the Crimson Tide, and now sit at 3-2 on the season.
Here's what to expect from the Tar Heels the rest of the way.
The Tar Heels have an abundance of pitching talent, and one of the key returning stars is senior pitcher Brittany Pickett. She was named first-team all-ACC in 2019 and is the UNC record-holder for most career saves with 12. Her 2.02 ERA last season was the lowest of her college career, and her impressive performances during the season led to her collecting the ACC Co-Pitcher of the Week honor three times.