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UNC Softball Topples UNCG, 5-2

UNC softball posted its second straight victory on Wednesday, using efficient defense and two home runs to defeat nearby UNCG, 5-2. The win was UNC’s sixth straight over the Spartans, as Carolina evened its season record at 17-17. With the loss, UNCG dropped to 22-12. “We played two really solid, back-to-back games,” said head coach Donna J. Papa. (GoHeels.com)

Solid Defense, Clutch Hitting Lead UNC Softball Past USC Upstate

North Carolina softball took care of business on Tuesday evening, rolling past USC Upstate, 4-2. The win lifts UNC to 16-17 on the year, while the two-time defending Atlantic Sun champions fall to 28-7. “I thought overall we played one of the cleanest games we’ve played in a while,” said head coach Donna J. Papa. “It was just good softball.” (GoHeels.com)

Strong Offense Leads UNC Softball Past Coastal Carolina, 6-3

North Carolina plated four runs in the top of the first and never fell behind as UNC defeated Coastal Carolina, 6-3, on Wednesday. Junior pitcher Kendra Lynch went 3-for-3 at the plate and brought a two-hit shutout into the bottom of the seventh to propel the Tar Heels to victory. With the win, UNC improves to 15-14, while Coastal drops to 15-15. (GoHeels.com)

Panthers Pounce On Tar Heels In Softball Series Finale

Carolina softball took its first ACC series loss on Sunday, as the University of Pittsburgh won the rubber match, 11-3, in five innings. The Tar Heels had good scoring chances early, but an eight-run second for the Panthers led UP to the run-rule victory. With the win, Pitt improves to 18-9 (2-4 ACC), while UNC falls to 14-14 (3-3 ACC). (GoHeels.com)

UNC Softball hits 5 home runs, splits doubleheader with Pitt

Carolina came out slowly in game one, but rebounded with an explosive run-rule victory in the nightcap to split an ACC doubleheader at Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Panthers took an early lead to defeat UNC, 7-3, in game one, but the Tar Heels slugged out a 13-3 victory in six innings to close out the night. Carolina finishes the day 14-13 (3-2 ACC), while Pitt falls to 17-9 (1-4 ACC). (GoHeels.com)

UNC Softball Spears Lancers, 5-3

A four-run first inning, capped by a three-run home run by pitcher Kendra Lynch, would prove all the offense the Tar Heels would need as UNC defeated Longwood University, 5-3, on Tuesday. The win lifts UNC to 13-11 on the season, while the defending Big South champions fell to 9-8. “We started off the game great,” said head coach Donna J. Papa. (GoHeels.com)

My Carolina Experience: Lori Spingola

In her senior year, Lori Spingola became the winningest pitcher in UNC softball history. Garnering 108 career wins and over 1,000 strikeouts, Spingola became the second ever softball player in the program’s history to reach that mark. "In my eyes, the values and way of life that the UNC tradition stands for were things I knew I wanted to be a part of and live out." (GoHeels.com)

Shortstop Kristen Brown Makes U.S. National Softball Team

UNC shortstop Kristen Brown thought her dreams had come true last summer when she was given the opportunity to play in an exhibition game against the U.S. Women’s National Team. Six months later, Brown is ready to take her shot at representing her country, determined to show the selection committee what she was made of. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Celebrate "Heeloween" At Children's Hospital

UNC student-athletes kicked off the holiday weekend on Friday afternoon with the annual Carolina Outreach “Heeloween” visit to UNC Children’s Hospital. Thirty Tar Heels, representing the softball, men’s lacrosse, gymnastics, women’s soccer and track and field teams, took part in the fun. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heel Alum Competing In CrossFit Games

Eight years after her UNC softball career ended, Whitney Gelin is competing for a national championship in a different sport. A 2007 Carolina graduate with a double major in psychology and exercise and sport science, Gelin is one of 40 women from around the world who qualified to compete in the women’s open category at the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif. The Games run July 21-26. (GoHeels.com)

339 Tar Heels Earn ACC Academic Honor Roll Spots

A total of 339 North Carolina student-athletes have earned spots on the 2014-15 ACC Honor Roll, announced Wednesday. The Honor Roll is comprised of student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the full academic year. The conference recognized a record 4,143 student-athletes for their hard work in the classroom. (GoHeels.com)

Best Games Of 2014-15: No. 15-No. 11

13: No. 1 Carolina 2, No. 2 Connecticut 1 - Field Hockey, Sept. 28, 2014: Charlotte Craddock's game-winner in the 59th minute gave Carolina its second 1v2 win of the season as the top-ranked Tar Heels beat No. 2 UConn 2-1 in Newton, Massachusetts. The game was tied at 1 at halftime, but Craddock's unassisted goal past Nina Klein gave UNC the win over the reigning national champions. (GoHeels.com)

Best Games Of 2014-15: No. 25-No. 21

Once again this July, GoHeels.com will count down the top 25 wins of the school year. Check back around noon EDT each weekday for the latest update before the No. 1 win is revealed on July 17. The countdown begins today with thrilling regular season wins from women's soccer, women's lacrosse, softball, wrestling and swimming and diving. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Finishes 5th in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup

After finishing out of the top ten last season when UNC failed to win a title conference or national, the Tar Heel athletic program has rebounded for a 5th place finish in the 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. UNC's fifth place finish is an ACC best with Virginia and its league first three NCAA titles in one season just behind the Heels in 6th. (Tar Heel Blog)

Beth Miller was there when women’s sports was a struggle

Beth Miller is set to retire on July 1 after 40 years at North Carolina, the preponderance as an administrator. Miller won consecutive ACC volleyball titles from 1980 through 1983 and also briefly coached softball at UNC. But she is most notable as a pioneer in shepherding women’s athletics from second-class status to relative equality in contemporary intercollegiate sports. (Charlotte Observer)

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