In the final game of the weekend’s series, the North Carolina softball team (19-17, 4-8) dropped its third straight game to No. 18 Clemson (25-10, 6-6), 12-4.
With first-year pitcher Lilli Backes starting at the mound in the first inning, the Tar Heels sent the Tigers’ first three batters to the dugout with a double play made by first-year utility Alex Brown and a strikeout.
Junior outfielder Bri Stubbs started hot, leading off the first inning at-bat with a double down center field. After advancing to third off a ground out by sophomore middle infielder Skyler Brooks, Stubbs was brought home by graduate shortstop Sara Jubas’ single down the left foul line for the first UNC run.
UNC kept the bats connecting in the first as senior catcher Taylor Greene followed with a single to left field, sending Jubas to third — where she was left on base at the end of the inning.
Clemson quickly responded in the second inning with a solo home run to right center field. Two-at bats later, they hit another to left center — bringing home two runs to give the Tigers a 3-1 advantage.
Then, the very next batter smashed the ball to center field — and it also went over the fence. Shortly after, senior pitcher Hannah George relieved Backes at the mound.
Clemson’s attack continued, however, as a double hit to center field brought another Tiger run home.
After one more run was walked in, Clemson’s second inning at-bat ended with a strikeout and a 6-1 lead.