Unicorns Win Tar Heel Blue and White Fall Series

Unicorns Win Tar Heel Blue and White Fall Series

CHAPEL HILL – The Tar Heels returned to Anderson Stadium on Wednesday for the final game of the annual Blue and White Fall Softball Series. With the series knotted at one game apiece, the Unicorns and the Bombers squared off in the deciding game of the intrasquad scrimmage series. The Unicorns used an early offensive explosion to claim the Blue and White Series and all the bragging rights with a 17-5 victory in game three.

The Unicorns got on the board early and often, erupting for seven runs in the top of the first and adding another five in the second to grab a quick 12-0 lead and never look back. Dani Garcielita started off the game with a leadoff single, then Leah Murray drove in the first run with a double to left center and Kristen Brown sent her across the plate on a hit to center. A well-executed double steal allowed Brown to score, and an RBI triple by Destiny DeBerry helped make it 7-0.

The Unicorns retired the Bombers quickly in the bottom of the first, then returned to the plate for five more runs, including a two-run double by Kendra Lynch and a two-run home run to left center by Elly Wagner.

After collecting the only Bomber hit in the first inning, Aquilla Mateen returned to the plate to put her team on the board, driving in a pair with a single to right.

The Unicorns executed some small ball in the fourth inning, as Darby Rosen drew a leadoff walk. Erin Satterfield beat out an infield chopper, and Jillian Ferraro laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to get Rosen home. Wagner then followed with another successful squeeze, and DeBerry collected an RBI with an infield single. She stole second, and fellow freshman Murray brought her in with a single to second.

While offense was the certain highlight, the Blue and White made some outstanding defensive plays in the infield as well. Katelyn Shifflett snagged a liner and turned a run-saving double play for the Bombers at shortstop, while Brown robbed Tracy Chandless of a rocket line drive. Additionally, freshman Leah Murray made some stellar defensive plays for the Unicorns at first base.

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