RALEIGH, N.C. – Kendra Lynch threw a complete-game four-hit shutout and the North Carolina offense scored all six of its runs in the top of the sixth inning as the No. 5 seed Tar Heels topped No. 4 seed Boston College, 6-0, in the second quarterfinal of the 2016 ACC Softball Championship at NC State’s Dail Softball Stadium.
With the win, North Carolina (31-22) advances to the tomorrow’s semifinals, where they will face top seeded Florida State at 1 p.m.
Lynch improved to 27-16, and tallied her 31st complete game of the year. Aquilla Mateen led the way for North Carolina at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a run scored.
After North Carolina’s Destiny DeBerry singled and stole second in the top of the first, the two teams combined to retire the next 12 batters before Darby Rosen walked and Meteen bunted to send Rosen to second in the top of the third.
The two teams remained scoreless through the next 2.5 innings until North Carolina’s Tracy Chandless doubled down the left field line to bring Lynch home for the game’s first run. Lauren Fuller followed with a two-run home run to right center giving the Tar Heels a 3-0 lead.
Scoring continued for the North Carolina with runners on first and second, DeBerry singled to third base and advanced to second on a throwing error pushing Mateen to third and Rosen home. Taylor Wike put down a sacrifice bunt sending Mateen home and DeBerry to third to make it 5-0. DeBerry then scored on a wild pitch which capped North Carolina’s six run scoring outburst in the top of the sixth inning.
Jessica Dreswick (14-8) threw 5.1 innings in the circle for Boston College in the loss, allowing three earned runs.
ACC fans will be able to watch all seven games of the championship as Thursday’s and Friday’s contests will be televised by the league’s Regional Sports Networks, and Saturday’s title game will be carried live on ESPN.
Daily tickets are available for $5 for adults and $3 for youth 18 and under. Students from an ACC school can enter for free with valid student identification. Tickets can be purchased online: http://theacc.co/sb16tix.
Parking for the 2016 ACC Softball Championship is free and available in the Coliseum Deck located on Cates Avenue across the street from the Derr Track & the Soccer Field. Patrons will need to park on the second level of the deck or higher by entering off Jeter Drive or Jensen Drive.