Softball ACCtion: Thursday, March 25

March 25, 2010

Haleigh Dickey's Three Home Run Day Powers Carolina Over Wilmington, 5-0

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Freshman third baseman Haleigh Dickey reeled off three home runs for No. 19 North Carolina (23-8, 3-3 ACC) as the Tar Heels post a 5-0 victory over UNC Wilmington (5-18) on Thursday afternoon at Anderson Stadium. In the game the Tar Heels hit a season-high four home runs and Sophomore Kelli Wheeler started the Tar Heels home run brigade with a solo shot in the second inning. Pitcher Amber Johnson, in a relief appearance for Danielle Spaulding, earns her fifteenth win this season by shutting down the Seahawks in four innings pitched.

The three home runs from Haleigh Dickey (Woodstock, Ga.) set a record for the most in a single game by a Carolina batter. Previously the high was two and shared by ten different batters with the last coming from current Tar Heel Brittany McKinney in 2008. Coming into the game the freshman had not previously hit a home run this season. The freshman has started five out of the past seven games for the Tar Heels and has responded by batting at a .294 clip during the span.

"I was just relaxed at the plate," said Haleigh Dickey "That is something that I look forward to continuing as we go forward."

Wolfpack Clobbers Spartans in Game One, 10-0

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Lindsay Campana (12-5) allowed just one hit and the NC State offense pounded out 11 in 10-0 five-inning win at UNC Greensboro to start a doubleheader on Thursday, March 25. Cory Mattson (7-7) lasted just one inning in the loss.

Kristine Bechtholdt and Allison Presnell both went deep, with Bechtholdt recording three RBIs and Presnell adding two. Stephanie Call went 3-for-4 at the plate and drove in two runs, while Alyssa Allbritten and Claudia Cooper each supplied a pair of hits and an RBI.

The Pack exploded to a near-instant 6-0 lead in the top of the first, plating all of its runs before recording its second out. Landon Warren singled, Presnell reached on an Emily Akiyma throwing error and Cooper singled. Call followed with a two-run base hit, and a third run scored when Allbritten skied a fly ball to right and Jordan Jewett dropped it.

Boston College Falls in Home Opener to Connecticut, 7-0

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College softball team started their 2010 home schedule off on the wrong foot with a tough non-conference loss to Connecticut 7-0, on Wednesday afternoon at Shea Field.

The loss drops Boston College to 9-11 for the season, while the win improves the Huskies to 7-14.

The Eagles got in a big hole early as Connecticut jumped all over BC starter Taylor Peyton (4-7) in the top of the first inning to a tune of four runs on four hits.

UConn extended its lead in the top of the second inning to 5-0, which spelled the end of the day for Peyton.

Peyton went one and a third innings giving up five runs (three earned), on six hits, while walking one.