Tar Heels Smash Virginia In Record Performance

Tar Heels Smash Virginia In Record Performance

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Chapel Hill, N.C. – North Carolina (23-9, 8-2) steamrolled its way past the University of Virginia Saturday afternoon, taking both games of the ACC softball doubleheader, 13-7 and 24-3.

Kristen Brown, Tracy Chandless, Amber Parrish, and Taylor Wike all recorded two home runs on the day. Chandless and Parrish each belted a grand slam.

Brown knocked two out of the park in game two, bringing her season total to 16, tying the UNC single-season record.

Game One

Game one began as a back and forth affair. Virginia opened up the scoring in the top of the third on a two-run Iyana Hughes double to take the first lead of the game.

Carolina would answer back in the bottom of the inning after a Jill Ferraro single set up a Taylor Wike two-run blast to tie the game.

Lauren Heintzelman hit a two-run home run in the fourth but a Lauren Walker two-RBI single with the bases loaded left the contest tied at four after four innings.

The Cavaliers took a 6-4 lead again in the fifth on RBI doubles by Danni Ingraham and Iyana Hughes.

After a being held scoreless in the fifth, the Tar Heels erupted in the bottom of the sixth, scoring nine runs on six hits. Tracy Chandless would hit both of her home runs this inning, Lauren Fuller picked up a pinch-hit RBI single and Kendra Lynch and Amber Parrish walked with bases loaded to bring in two runs of their own, making it 13-6.

Virginia picked up one more run in the seventh but it was too little too late.

Kendra Lynch picked up the win in the circle for UNC, throwing three innings, giving up four hits while striking out four. Kaylee Carlson started the game and struck out six before leaving after four innings.

Game Two

North Carolina seemingly started game two right where they left off game one, scoring eight runs in the first inning.

Kristen Brown smashed a three-run homer and picked up another RBI later in the inning, Parrish picked up an RBI double, and Walker, Wike and Aquilla Mateen each brought in runs in the opening inning.

The offensive fireworks continued into the second where the Heels picked up another nine runs. Parrish blasted a two-run shot and grand slam to go along with Wike's three-run homer in the seven hit inning.

Junior Elly Wagner hit the first home run of her UNC career in the third inning to bring in three more Carolina runs. Brown would belt her second homer of the day in that inning and after three the score was 22-0.

Virginia would pick up its first hit of the day along with a run in the fourth, avoiding the shutout and no-hitter.

Jenna Kelly made it seven home runs by the Heels in the fourth with a two-run blast, setting a new single-game school record.

Sydney Matzko pitched all five innings of the dominating win, striking out five.

At the end of the game, Coach Donna J. Papa's squad had tallied 24 runs on 22 hits, another single-game school record. The 24 runs ties the school record originally set in 2008.

The teams will conclude the ACC series with a single game tomorrow at Anderson Stadium at 1 p.m.

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