The North Carolina softball team (16-10, 2-1 ACC) defeated Liberty University (14-12) on Wednesday afternoon with a 3-2 win.
The Tar Heels got off to a hot start with two runs at the top of the first inning. Graduate student Sarah Jubas and junior Bri Stubbs both scored. Stubbs reached base via a hit by pitch. Jubas then singled to right field as she advanced to second base and allowed Stubbs to advance to third.
Stubbs eventually ran home after senior Taylor Greene’s sac fly to left field. Jubas scored after junior Destiny Middleton’s hit singled up the middle.
Despite a quick start and a 2-0 lead after the first inning, UNC failed to keep the momentum going into the rest of the game.
Both teams remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when Liberty found a groove. After the first hitter hit to center field and another got a hit by pitch, the Eagles hit a two home run which tied the game 2-2.
The game remained tied until the sixth inning when sophomore Kianna Jones hit a solo home run that soared over the left field fence.
The Tar Heels held onto their one-run lead through the bottom of the seventh inning when first-year pitcher Lilli Backes struck out two Liberty hitters to end the game.