Softball ACCtion: Tuesday, March 30

March 30, 2010

No. 22 Carolina Crushes Six Home Runs In 17-7 Win Over South Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Behind an UNC single game record six home runs No. 22 North Carolina dismantles (10-23) South Carolina, 17-7. Haleigh Dickey led the home run brigade for North Carolina by tying her own UNC single-game record with three home runs. Kelli Wheeler hit two home runs, including a grand slam, as the Tar Heels score a season-high 17 runs in the victory. The win brings North Carolina's record to 25-10 on the season.

South Carolina started the game off hot by hitting back-to-back home runs giving South Carolina an early 2-0 lead in the first inning.

North Carolina responded in the bottom half of the frame by putting up six runs on five hits. With the bases loaded, Wheeler opened the scoring for Carolina by knocking a grand slam on the first pitch of the at bat. The scoring continued when freshman Haleigh Dickey hit her first home run for the game to right-center scoring senior Anna Roberts, giving North Carolina a comfortable 6-2 lead.

North Carolina continued the offensive onslaught in the second inning by again plating six runs. Dickey pounded a home run for the second consecutive inning as the Tar Heels extended the lead to 12-3.

Terps Split With Hofstra

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team split a midweek doubleheader Tuesday evening with RV/RV Hofstra (18-5, 3-0) at Robert E. Taylor Stadium in College Park. After losing a tight match 2-0 in the first game, the Terrapin offense fired back with a 10-2 win in five innings in the second game. Maryland (20-13, 0-5) has won 14 of its last 15 non-conference games.

Eight Terrapins had hits in the second game and five had more than one hit. As a team, the Terps hit .400 in both games with 20 hits and nine RBI. Sophomore Kathy McLaughlin led with five hits in her six at-bats, while senior Alex Schultz and freshman Sara Acosta each added four.

The Maryland pitching unit of junior Kerry Hickey and sophomore Kendra Knight combined to give up only nine hits in 12 innings in the circle. They gave up four runs, two walks and recorded 12 strikeouts. The Pride batters hit just .184 against them.

Knight started in the second game and threw four hitless, and scoreless, innings for the Terps. She added five strikeouts. In the top of the first inning, Hofstra loaded the bases with a pair of walks by Knight and a Terrapin error. Knight struck out Michalowski to end the inning without a Pride run.