In its first of two games Sunday, the North Carolina softball team (11-9) inched out a win over the UConn Huskies (9-10), 8-7, at Anderson Stadium.
After a difficult game against Oregon, senior pitcher Hannah George started with redemption on her mind. Despite a two-out walk, George’s laser pitches led to an errant hit by the Huskies which resulted in a fly-out.
The strong start opened the door for the Tar Heel hitters to get on the board.
Junior Bri Stubbs’ lead-off single was followed up by another single. The early success proved to foreshadow the offensive explosion that would occurred in the first inning.
Moments later, Kiannah Pierce’s two RBI-double extended the lead to 3-0. The double marked just the second RBI of the season for the sophomore and was the first of four UNC doubles in the inning.
When it was all said and done, North Carolina racked up eight hits, and in the process, drove in six runs to explode to a 6-0 lead in the first.
A pitcher's duel ensued the early-game excitement which saw George and Husky first-year Elise Sokolsky take advantage of lethargic bats from the two teams. For two straight innings, neither team registered a hit.
North Carolina showed flashbacks of its first inning barrage in the fourth. Graduate Sara Jubas missiled a ball to left field bringing home another run and increasing the lead to seven.