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Doubleheader Sweep Sends UNC Softball To Regional FinalWith their season on the line, the Tar Heels won back-to-back elimination games on Saturday to propel themselves into the NCAA Oxford Regional Final. UNC was led by a freshman duo in the pitchers' circle, as Brittany Pickett tossed a three-hit shutout over Southern Illinois, 4-0, then Kellyn Daly earned her first career victory with a 3-2 win over No. 22 Arizona State. (GoHeels.com)
Four Home Runs Launch Sun Devils Past UNC Softball, 9-3North Carolina batted around and scored three in the top of the first, but No. 22 Arizona State blasted four home runs in the first three innings to slug past the Tar Heels, 9-3, in the opening game of the NCAA Oxford Regional. The win sends the Sun Devils (31-20) in to the winner's bracket, while UNC (38-20) returns to Ole Miss Softball Complex at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 20, to face either #12-seed Ole Miss or Southern Illinois. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heel Blog Podcast: Turner Walston SpecialOn this week’s show, Turner Walston returns to talk about the recent success of UNC’s spring athletic teams. We will discuss the student-athletes and coaches who have been keys to the Tar Heels’ success. Also, we will look ahead to the upcoming games/matches for a number of the teams who are competing in their respective end-of-season tournaments. (Tar Heel Blog)
UNC Softball Headed To Oxford, Miss., For NCAA RegionalsUNC softball received an at-large bid for the 2017 NCAA Tournament and will travel to Oxford, Mississippi, on May 19-21 for NCAA Regionals. Ole Miss receives the No. 12 overall seed and will host Arizona State and Southern Illinois in addition to the Heels. UNC will open the double-elimination weekend on Friday, May 19, at 7 p.m. against Arizona State on ESPN. (GoHeels.com)
Turner's Take: Not Done YetThe UNC Softball team gathered to learn their postseason fate. Coming off a weekend in which they hosted the ACC Tournament and fell by a single run in the title game to Florida State, the Tar Heels felt good about their chances of an NCAA Tournament bid. Requests of "Can you turn it up?" echoed around the room. and the NCAA Softball Tournament Selection Show began. (GoHeels.com)
UNC Softball Falls Just Short In ACC Title GameA three-run home run by Katelyn Shifflett in the top of the seventh cut the deficit to a single run, but top-seeded Florida State closed out a perfect 27-0 season against ACC opponents with a 4-3 victory to capture its fourth consecutive ACC Tournament title. The Seminoles secured the ACC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while the Tar Heels fall to 38-19. (GoHeels.com)
North Carolina softball feels no pressure as it enters ACC championship gameWhen UNC takes the field at Anderson Stadium, its home field, against Florida State in the ACC Tournament Championship on Saturday, it will be doing so against a softball powerhouse. The Seminoles are appearing in their 21st ACC title game and have won the tournament three years in a row. This season, not a single ACC opponent has beaten FSU. (Daily Tar Heel)
UNC Softball Beats NC State To Advance To ACC FinalsThird-seeded North Carolina held off a late surge from NC State Friday in the ACC Softball Semifinals, defeating the Wolfpack, 8-7, to advance to the ACC Championship game for the first time since 2011 (Highlights). The Tar Heels stranded the tying run on third base in the top of the seventh to secure the victory. UNC improves to 38-18, while NC State's season ends at 18-38. (GoHeels.com)
Six-Run First Inning Leads UNC Softball Into ACC SemisNo. 3-seed North Carolina scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning to propel itself to an 8-4 victory over No. 6-seed Syracuse in the last Quarterfinal of day one of the 2017 ACC Softball Championship, hosted by the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill. The win sends the Heels into the ACC Semifinals, where they will face NC State at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. (GoHeels.com)
Brittany Pickett One Of Top-10 National Freshmen Of The YearNorth Carolina pitcher Brittany Pickett has been selected as a top-10 Finalist for 2017 Scuhtt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year, as chosen by members of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). The NFCA created the award in 2014 to honor outstanding athletic achievement among freshmen competing in Division I softball. (GoHeels.com)
Sixteen UNC Teams Score Perfect 1000 In APRThe 2017 NCAA champion men's basketball team and the 2016 women's lacrosse national champions are two of 16 University of North Carolina athletic programs to score a perfect 1000 in the NCAA's latest Academic Progress Rates for the academic year 2015-16. This is the third consecutive year the UNC men's basketball and women's lacrosse teams recorded a 1000. (GoHeels.com)
UNC To Host ACC Softball Tournament, Will Face SyracuseUNC will host the 2017 ACC Softball Championship on May 11-13 at Anderson Stadium in Chapel Hill. The single-elimination tournament features the top eight ACC teams, seeded according to the regular-season ACC standings. The Tar Heels captured the #3-seed for the tournament and will host #6-seed Syracuse in the Quarterfinals on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (GoHeels.com)
Former UNC Softball Player Whitney Gelin Qualifies for CrossFit Regional GamesThe CrossFit Regional Games in Atlanta next month will feature 20 men and 20 women. Three of those women come from one gym in Raleigh. Meagan Reardon, Kaitlin Issacs and former UNC softball player Whitney Gelin have qualified. Thousands tried, only 40 earned spots. The ladies will compete for the right to head to the 2017 CrossFit games in Carson, Calif., in August. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Video: Rammys 2017 - Bad Joke TellingCoaches from North Carolina's athletic teams try to keep a straight face in a corny jokes battle in this video which first aired at UNC's 2017 Rammy Awards.
Top Six Awards Honor Outstanding ServiceSix Tar Heel student-athletes or teams were recently announced as this year's winners of ACC Top Six for Service Awards, recognizing outstanding commitment to community service: Leila Evans, Field Hockey; Nazair Jones, Football; Kayla Miles, Women's Lacrosse; Bryana Nguyen, Women's Golf; Mark Rizzo, Men's Lacrosse; UNC Softball Team (GoHeels.com)