CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The North Carolina softball team used three four-run frames to defeat Maryland, 12-3, in the series rubber match Sunday.
North Carolina jumped on the Terrapins early with a four-run first inning, using two walks and a hit to do the damage. After leadoff hitter Aquilla Mateen rounded the bases, Kendra Lynch hit a clutch two-run single for the Tar Heels.
After a scoreless second inning, McCann got things going for the Terps with a double. After advancing to third base, the senior scored on an L. Schmeiser RBI groundout to put Maryland on the board, 4-1.
The Tar Heels answered right back, however, loading the bases after a pair of walks and an error. Mateen knocked in one run with a bunt single, while Kristen Brown used a single to shortstop to score two more runs and give UNC an 8-1 lead.
Maryland tacked on a second run in the fourth inning after Juli Strange poked a single to right field to lead off the inning. After making her way to third base on a Tar Heel error, Strange crossed the plate on a Hannah Dewey groundout.
McCann kept the momentum rolling for the Terps with a leadoff double to begin the fifth, eventually scoring on an L. Schmeiser fielder’s choice to cut Maryland’s deficit to five, 8-3.
The runs were not enough for Maryland, however, as North Carolina scored four more runs – including a walk-off three-run home run by Jenna Kelly – to close the game.
The Terrapins return to action next weekend as they host NC State at the Maryland Softball Stadium for a three-game series.