In the midst of a difficult six-game losing streak, perhaps the most enticing resolution of the North Carolina softball team's struggles would be for the month of February to pass into friendlier days of March.
But with leap day adding another afternoon to the long month, the struggling Tar Heels were tasked with lacing up their cleats once more.
Would the team's recent skid continue? Hardly.
Two consecutive victories, both against Pittsburgh this weekend, have the Tar Heels back on track with a 2-1 ACC record.
After an 0-3 performance in the UNCG Invite last weekend that Head Coach Donna Papa called disappointing, the Tar Heels also fell to Elon on Wednesday, dropping the once-ranked team to 6-10 this season.
With ACC play set to begin, UNC welcomed the Panthers to Chapel Hill on Friday for the beginning of a three-game weekend slate, looking to turn the season around.
It didn't happen immediately. In game one of the series, UNC was able to resurrect its dormant offense to the tune of nine hits, but left seven runners on base, leading to a 7-3 defeat.
Hoping to extinguish the losing skid in game two on Saturday, Papa turned to sophomore pitcher Hannah George to stifle Pittsburgh's bats. George responded by turning in a complete seven innings with only two unearned runs allowed on four hits.
“I thought she pitched one of her best games,” Papa said.