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UNC Softball's Season Ends With Back-And-Forth Battle In Extra Innings

On a cold, rain-soaked night, North Carolina softball saw its season come to a close, as the Longwood Lancers came back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Tar Heels, 5-4, in nine innings. The win sends Longwood (40-19) to its first-ever NCAA Regional Final against No. 7 overall seed JMU, while Carolina’s 2016 campaign comes to a close at 32-25. (GoHeels.com)

Seventh-Seeded James Madison Slugs Past UNC Softball, 10-1

A first-inning grand slam jumpstarted the James Madison offense, powering the No. 7 overall seed into its own NCAA Regional Final with a 10-1 defeat of Carolina. UNC returns to Veterans Memorial Park tonight at 7 p.m. to face the winner of the elimination game between Longwood and Princeton for a chance at a rematch with JMU on ‘Championship Sunday’ at 2 p.m. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Softball Tops Longwood With Record-Breaking Walk-Off Blast

Carolina fell behind 4-0 early, but a four-run fifth inning tied the score and senior shortstop Kristen Brown crushed a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to propel UNC to a 6-4 victory over Longwood University in the opening game of the 2016 NCAA Regionals. “We’ve been this way all year,” said head coach Donna J. Papa. (GoHeels.com)

NFCA Selects Kristen Brown To All-Region First Team

UNC shortstop Kristen Brown was named to the All-Southeast Region First Team on Thursday, as elected by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). It is the second consecutive All-Region award for the senior, who was also named All-ACC First Team this month. Brown was one of two ACC players selected to the All-Southeast Region First Team. (GoHeels.com)

Turner's Take: More

Late Sunday night, the UNC softball team gathered in a corner of R&R Grill to watch the NCAA Tournament Selection Show. There were flatbreads and hummus on the buffet, smiles and laughs at the tables, and TVs tuned to ESPNU. The Tar Heels were either going to celebrate an NCAA Tournament bid, or this would be and end-of-season gathering. (GoHeels.com)

Missed Opportunities Hurt UNC Softball In ACC Semifinals

North Carolina had runners on base in all-but-one inning, but lacked the timely hits necessary to get the job done as the Tar Heels fell to top-seeded No. 6 Florida State, 7-1, in the ACC Semifinals. The Seminoles (47-8) advanced to play the winner of #2-seed Louisville vs. #3-seed Notre Dame in Saturday’s ACC Championship game. (GoHeels.com)

Turner's Take: Complete Game

Kendra Lynch smiles between pitches. She picks up some dirt from the back of the circle, rubs it in her fingers to help get a feel for the ball. She rocks to her right, brings the ball to her waist, leans forward and uncoils the pitch. The repetition, the ritual served Lynch and the Tar Heels well on Thursday. (GoHeels.com)

Six-Run Sixth Inning Propels UNC Softball To Quarterfinal Victory

UNC junior Kendra Lynch twirled a four-hit gem then scored the game-winning run to kick off a six-run sixth inning as the Tar Heels defeated Boston College, 6-0, in the Quarterfinals of the 2016 ACC Softball Championship on Thursday. UNC (31-22) advances to play top-seeded No. 6 Florida State on Friday, May 13, at 1 p.m., in the first ACC Semifinal game. (GoHeels.com)

Three Tar Heels Earn All-ACC Softball Honors

North Carolina’s Kristen Brown, Kendra Lynch and Taylor Wike were each named to 2016 All-ACC softball teams on Thursday. Brown and Lynch earned spots on the All-ACC First Team, while Wike garnered Second Team honors. “I am thrilled for Kristen, Kendra and Taylor on their achievement of all-conference,” said head coach Donna J. Papa. (GoHeels.com)

UNC softball sets sights on ACC Championship

What this season has shown about the North Carolina softball team is a resilient group. No matter what happened the game before, the team has the confidence that it will win the next one. UNC won just as many games at it lost through the first month of the season, finishing the non-conference part of the schedule with a 10-10 record. (Daily Tar Heel)

Kendra Lynch Earns Third ACC Pitcher Of The Week Honor

North Carolina junior Kendra Lynch finished the 2016 regular season just as she began it—as the ACC Pitcher of the Week. The Indianapolis native picks up her third weekly honor of the season. Teammates Kristen Brown and Berlynne Delamora also combined for three ACC Player of the Week awards this season. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Softball Closes Regular Season With Sweep Of Georgia Tech

UNC softball finished the 2016 regular season with a three-game sweep of Georgia Tech to secure a tie for fifth place in the ACC standings. The Tar Heels took two from the Yellow Jackets on graduation day, defeating GT 8-3 and 7-1 to extend a five-game winning streak. The Tar Heels will take on fourth-seeded Boston College in the ACC Quarterfinals on Thursday. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Softball Pitches Three-Hit Shutout At Georgia Tech

The UNC offense hit as many home runs as base runners Tar Heel starter Kendra Lynch allowed, as UNC shut out Georgia Tech, 7-0, to open the final series of the regular season. Lynch, Kristen Brown and Taylor Wike all went deep in the game, while the junior hurler limited the Yellow Jackets to just three hits in the complete-game shutout. (GoHeels.com)

Delamora Earns Second ACC Softball Player Of The Week Award

UNC freshman Berlynne Delamora was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Tar Heels to a perfect week against No. 18 Notre Dame and Campbell. It is the second weekly award for the Tar Heel third baseman, as she also earned the honor on April 4 after phenomenal performances against USC Upstate, UNCG and Louisville. (GoHeels.com)

Scholar-Athlete Luncheon Recognizes Academic Excellence

The day’s highest honor went to the Top 10 Scholar-Athletes, the five senior men and women who rank the highest in the most impressive collegiate statistic: grade point average. Each invited a faculty member and introduced him or her during brief remarks. In addition to speaking about each honored faculty member, the students looked back on their time at UNC. (GoHeels.com)

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