In the second game of their three-game series, the North Carolina softball team (17-14, 3-5 ACC) fell to the N.C. State Wolfpack (21-11, 3-8 ACC) on Saturday with the final score being 15-8.
UNC put the first point on the board when graduate shortstop Sara Jubas doubled to center field with two Tar Heels on base, allowing junior outfielder Bri Stubbs to run from third base to home plate in the first inning.
The Wolfpack fired back early in the second inning when graduate catcher Taylor Johnson hit the ball out of the park and made it a tie game. With hits coming from nearly every player at bat, a double was all N.C. State needed to put up another point on the board.
With the second and third bases taken, N.C. State’s fifth-year infielder Logan Morris let the ball soar out of center field and brought three runs home with her, making the score 5-1 in the second inning with two outs.
Luckily, senior pitcher Hannah George was able to hold the Wolfpack for the rest of the inning as the Tar Heels stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the second.
The slugfest didn’t stop for N.C. State, however, as Johnson stayed hot and homered out to left center in the third inning with sophomore pitcher Talia Hannappel now on mound.
North Carolina scored their next run in the top of the third once Jubas flied the ball out to right field, allowing Stubbs on third base to run to home base.
After two more home runs for the Wolfpack in the fourth inning, the score of the game came to 8-2 in N.C. State’s favor, resulting in a UNC pitching change to freshman pitcher Carlie Myrtle.