The North Carolina softball team found itself on the wrong side of the scoreboard all weekend against No. 18 Clemson.
As for the softballs: they were on the wrong side of the fence.
The Tar Heels had a rough three days in their latest weekend series against the Tigers, losing two games with a score of 12-4, and one with a score of 7-0. Clemson hit the ball out of the park all weekend long — making it difficult for UNC pitchers to get in any rhythm.
Clemson hit three home runs in the first game, including a seventh-inning grand slam. They hit three more the next day and piled on four in the final game — three of which came in the same inning.
Giving up home runs has been an issue for the team this season. In their last ACC series against N.C. State last month, they gave up a total of 14.
Coming into the series against Clemson, the Tar Heel pitching core had a game plan for keeping the ball in play — especially with Tigers’ slugger Marissa Guimbarda coming to the plate with nine home runs on the season.
“The game plan was to use our whole staff, basically — (and) to use our multiple different arms and our capabilities,” senior pitcher Hannah George said.
Despite their efforts — such as rolling out George, first-year pitchers Carlie Myrtle and Lilli Backes and sophomore pitcher Talia Hannappel — UNC could not find an answer.
And as the leader of the group, George took ownership, especially over her own performance.