The North Carolina softball team (8-11, 2-1 ACC) dominated Pittsburgh, 9-1, through six innings to win its opening ACC series of the 2020 season.
Although they lost the first game on Friday, the Tar Heels evened up the series on Saturday and looked to take the final game on Sunday to close out the weekend.
The Panthers (6-9, 1-2) struck fast and early, scoring first after Kaitlyn Kruger hit a single to help the runner on third make it home. But that would be the only success Pittsburgh had for the duration of the game.
UNC responded in the bottom of the first as both Megan Dray and Lexi Godwin hit singles, allowing Abby Settlemyre to secure the tying run. From then on, the Tar Heels refused to let up.
Kiersten Licea was the bright spot of the second after she sent a solo home run over the fence to open the inning. Campbell Hutcherson took inspiration from Licea and opened the bottom of the third with a homer of her own.
Licea refused to let her momentum slip away for the remainder of the game. After hitting a double, Licea tested Pittsburgh by stealing third base. Sprinting hard, she made it and turned her attention to home, wanting to touch the plate again. With a hit from Destiny Middleton, Licea once again found herself scoring.
Godwin continued the trend of home runs in the bottom of the fifth, leading into the explosion in the sixth. Runs by Bri Stubbs and Shayla Thompson increased the lead to six.
The bottom of the sixth can only be described in one word: wild.