CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Spartans out-hit North Carolina Wednesday night but it was the Tar Heels that came out on top on the scoreboard, defeating the Blue and Gold 2-0 at Anderson Stadium.
“I thought we did a nice job,” said head coach Janelle Breneman. Our approach in the box was aggressive and I felt like we had some good at bats. We strung some hits together and had runners on in multiple innings but we just couldn’t get that big hit with runners in scoring position.”
Alicia Bazonski (Sheffield, Mass./Mount Everett) put together a strong outing despite wearing the loss. The junior threw all six innings, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out three.
“Carolina is a tough offensive lineup to go through,” continued Breneman. “Not to mention, this is their second time seeing Baz. I thought she was really sharp today. She did a great job using the corners and staying off the plate. I thought she preformed extraordinarily and she competed and battled hard. Baz is obviously throwing really well and she had a great performance in the circle.”
The Tar Heels got on the board in the first inning. Leah Murray led off with a single and stole second. A few batters later, Kendra Lynch singled to left field to bring the speedy Murray home.
UNCG came within feet of tying the game in the third. Facing a 2-2 count, Rebecca Kale (Hudson, N.C./South Caldwell) got a hold of a Hannah Nommensen offering and banged it off of the top of the wall in right-center for a double. Kale advanced to third on a ground out but was left stranded to end the frame.
UNC extended its lead in the fourth as Berlynne Delamora took Bazonski high over the left field fence for a solo shot, putting UNC up 2-0.
The Spartans put together a couple of threats from there but were unable to produce the clutch hit to put runs up on the board. UNCG splits the season series with the Tar Heels, with both teams protecting their home field.