The North Carolina softball team (19-15, 4-5) lost to No. 18 Clemson (23-10, 4-6) 12-4 in the Tar Heels’ first game of a weekend-long series with the Tigers.
After allowing four hits and one home run at the top of the first inning, UNC found itself trailing by four runs heading into the bottom of the first inning.
The Tar Heels’ cut Clemson’s lead down to 4-1 in the bottom of the first inning after junior outfielder Bri Stubbs scored on a wild pitch.
Desperately needing a stop, the Tar Heels made a double play to hold the Tigers to just one run in the second inning. UNC couldn’t capitalize on its much improved defensive play in the second inning, however, as they neither scored in the second inning nor recorded a hit.
The Tar Heels gave up another run in the third inning and held Clemson to just one hit, but UNC didn’t score a run in their second consecutive inning and went into the fourth inning, trailing by five runs.
Despite a much improved defensive performance in the second and third innings, the Tar Heels’ defense buckled in the fourth inning. They gave up their second home run of the game and two runs during the inning. UNC was held scoreless for a third straight inning and went into the fifth inning trailing 8-1.
The Tar Heels put together their best inning of the game with their backs against the wall in the fifth inning. First-year pitcher Carlie Myrtle entered the game in the fifth inning and gave up zero hits and tallied one strikeout while holding the Tigers to their first scoreless inning of the game.
Myrtle carried her momentum over into the sixth inning, allowing just one Clemson hit and holding the Tigers to zero runs for a second straight inning. At the bottom of the sixth inning, the Tar Heels couldn’t capitalize on their strong defensive performance in the top of the inning, scoring zero runs in an inning for the fourth time in the game.