UNC SoftballComplete coverage of North Carolina Softball.
My Carolina Experience: Lori SpingolaIn 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 TeamUNC 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 HospitalUNC 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 GamesEight 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 SpotsA 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. 1113: 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. 21Once 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' CupAfter 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 struggleBeth 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)
Tar Heels Post Outstanding Academic Progress RatesSeventeen UNC varsity athletic teams posted a four-year Academic Progress Rate of 980 or higher and four other teams were within four points of that score, according to figures released today by the NCAA. Overall, UNC’s 28 teams averaged 981, three points above the national average. The Tar Heels had six programs that scored a perfect 1000 and another five that scored 990 or higher. (GoHeels.com)
UNC softball looks back on successful seasonThe North Carolina softball team saw its season come to an end Saturday on a devastating walk-off homerun, but Coach Donna Papa seemed very proud of how the team stayed composed in crucial moments of the season. “The whole team, I was so proud of our team, how we competed. That’s all you can ask,” Papa said after the loss Saturday. (Daily Tar Heel)
Kristen Brown breaks UNC softball career home run recordForty-four. That's the number that was buzzing around the Anderson Softball Stadium on Wednesday. While the North Carolina softball team beat the Elon Phoenix by a score of 12-4, the game was much closer in the bottom of the fourth inning. (Daily Tar Heel)
Video: UNC Coaches "Shake It Off"UNC Coaches made a music video to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off". The video originally aired at the 2015 Rammys on April 20, 2015.
Video: UNC Athletes Dance to "Uptown Funk"Watch Tar Heel athletes dance to "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. This video premiered at the 2015 Rammys on Monday night.
Tar Heels Celebrate At RammysThe North Carolina Department of Athletics celebrated the successes of the past year Monday evening at the third-annual Rammy Awards. A full slate of awards recognized outstanding academics, athletics and service. The evening also included student-athlete musical performances, videos and the introduction of UNC’s refreshed logo and other marks. (GoHeels.com)