CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – UNCG softball (29-7) outlasted the North Carolina Tar Heels (19-19) 4-3 in 10 innings at Anderson Stadium on Wednesday night. The Spartans improved to 5-0 in extra innings and 4-0 against the ACC and have now won 14-straight games.
The Spartans scored the game-winning run in the 10th inning. Alexis Overdiep (Apex, N.C./Apex) and Makenna Matthijs (Greenville, N.C./D.H. Conley) singled to start the inning. With two outs Stephanie Bryden (Orlando, Fla./East River) singled to centerfield, allowing Overdiep to race home for the run.
The Tar Heels’ leadoff batter in the bottom of the inning singled to left field and went to second base on a sacrifice bunt. Bryden then struck out the next batter and fielded a ground out to end the game.
North Carolina got the lead in the first inning. After walks to the first two batters, two-straight balls scored the first run. A double then dropped in on the left field line to knock in the other runner.
UNCG got its first lead in the fourth inning. With two outs Bryden drew a walk and scored on a triple down the right field line by Jasmine Palmer (Candler, N.C./ Florida State). Jordan Gontram (Wake Forest, N.C./Heritage) then homered to centerfield, her seventh of the year.
The Tar Heels tied the game up with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning.
Bryden (13-1) threw her fourth complete game of the season. She allowed two earned runs, seven hits and four walks with seven strikeouts.
Palmer was the only Spartan with multiple hits with a double and triple.
UNCG will return home for the first time in two weeks and host Mercer in a Southern Conference weekend series, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.