4/11/2011 11:01pm

Despite setbacks, UNC softball eyes title

Despite the fact that more than half of her supporting cast on the North Carolina softball team is composed of underclassmen, junior left fielder Kelli Wheeler has confidence that they can make a serious run at the regular season title. Beyond that, she said, it’s anyone’s game. The Tar Heels (26-15, 9-3 ACC) currently own the most ACC victories, but league foe Georgia Tech (31-6, 6-0) has yet to lose a conference game.

4/11/2011 12:14am

Softball wins rubber game

Three Tar Heels homered in the rubber game of UNC’s series at N.C. State to give the softball team its fourth-straight ACC series win. UNC (26-15, 9-3 ACC) dropped the opener after freshman Lori Spingola gave up three runs in the first inning and the Tar Heels failed to recover. The Wolfpack (18-19, 2-8 ACC) hung around for five innings during the second game, but Jordan Scarboro’s homer sparked a six-run frame that helped UNC even the series with a 10-2 win.

4/3/2011 1:25pm

UNC softball freshmen fulfilling roles

North Carolina pitcher Lori Spingola continued her successful freshman campaign by bringing her record to 19-8 on the season, but she wasn’t the only freshman to play a key role in converting a third-straight ACC series win this weekend against Virginia.

3/27/2011 3:09pm

Women's LAX vs. BC on Saturday March 26 
Women's Softball vs. FSU on Saturday March 26

Spingola stops FSU in two complete games

After a home run by Kelli Wheeler in the first Tar Heel at-bat of Sunday’s game — the last of a three-game series which the North Carolina softball team swept — the Tar Heels were left high and dry, stuck with a slim 1-0 lead. But as sophomore Elisha Elliott stepped up to bat, winds of change swept over the team.

3/20/2011 1:08pm

Freshman pitcher Spingola fuels Tar Heels past Virginia Tech

With North Carolina’s lead in danger in the second game of Saturday’s twinbill against Virginia Tech, softball coach Donna Papa handed the reins to freshman pitcher Lori Spingola. The move came as no surprise. The right-hander leads the ACC with 127 1/3 innings pitched and 25 appearances, and threw a three-hit, complete-game scoreless gem for a win in the first game of the series. “I think she’s matured a lot throughout this season, and every week she’s gotten better and better,” Papa said.

3/20/2011 1:08pm

UNC takes year’s first ACC series

The Tar Heels (18-11, 2-1 ACC) returned to Anderson Stadium after a 10-game road swing and swept the double header on Saturday, 3-0 and 3-2, before dropping the final game on Sunday, 2-1.

10/3/2010 11:07pm

North Carolina softball team wins opening scrimmages

In North Carolina softball’s first game against UNC-Greensboro on Friday, the Tar Heels needed a combined perfect game-effort from two freshmen pitchers to ensure the 3-0 victory. But it took the bats of two upperclassmen to seal the 3-1 win in the second game of the doubleheader. In the second game, UNC-G took a one-run lead in the top of the sixth inning, and the Tar Heels hadn’t been able to record a hit since the second inning.

5/27/2010 12:43am

Softball concludes season with loss to No. 3 Washington

In a battle that went into extra innings, North Carolina finished their season with a 2-1 loss to defending national champion Washington in the Regional round of the NCAA Women’s College World Series.After losing to the Huskies 1-0 on Saturday, the Tar Heels defeated Nebraska 1-0 in eight innings on Sunday to avoid elimination.

5/12/2010 6:47pm

No. 4 softball to take on No. 5 N.C. State in ACC Tournament

The No. 4 seeded softball team will take on No. 5 seed N.C. State for the second year in a row on Friday in the first round of the ACC Championship in Blacksburg, Va.The Tar Heels faced the Wolfpack three times this season in their annual series, and were only able to defeat them once.In ACC Championship play, UNC has lost four of the past five meetings against the Wolfpack.

4/21/2010 12:13am

UNC softball looking to ?nd spark late in season

Christine Knauer’s voice can be heard from anywhere inside Anderson Stadium. North Carolina’s senior shortstop constantly talks to her teammates. Sometimes she encourages them after a good play and sometimes urges them to stay focused during an at-bat.

4/18/2010 11:14pm

Senior Danielle Spaudling tossed seven innings of two-hit ball on Sunday. DTH/Duncan Culbreath

Softball takes Sunday win in series against Terps

One bad inning in each was all it took for the North Carolina softball team to lose the first two games of its final ACC home series, but Sunday it was determined to stop the potential sweep.The weekend started poorly for the No. 23 Tar Heels (35-15, 9-9 ACC) as Maryland (27-18, 5-9) took both games Saturday by scores of 5-2 and 2-1.

4/18/2010 11:08pm

Anna Roberts was one bright spot for UNC in the Tar Heels’ series against Maryland. DTH/Ducan Culbreath

Roberts helps Tar Heels softball avoid series sweep

In the third game of the final ACC series in Anderson Stadium for the year, North Carolina senior Anna Roberts had a job to do.“Kelli (Wheeler), the left fielder and myself, we said that if there was ever an error or any person down, it was our job to pick them up,” Roberts said.

4/7/2010 11:23pm

Home runs key to UNC's softball wins against Winthrop

It’s hard to win two softball games with only nine combined hits.But on Wednesday, No. 24 North Carolina found a way — the home run.UNC swept a doubleheader against Winthrop in which all of the team’s run production came via the long ball.