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May 9, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (theACC.com) – Haleigh Dickey hit two home runs and Lori Spingola held the Yellow Jacket offense to five hits as the fourth-seeded Tar Heels defeated fifth-seeded Georgia Tech, 6-2, Thursday evening in the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship.
The win propels the Tar Heels into the semifinals where they will face top-seeded and host Florida State Friday at 3:30 p.m. North Carolina improves to 25-35 all-time in tournament play and 6-5 as the No. 4 seed.
North Carolina (39-18, 13-8) got to Georgia Tech pitcher Hope Rush in the first two innings. Jenna Kelly drove in Dickey in the first inning, followed by a RBI double from Kristen Brown and a two-RBI single from Amber Parrish in the second to give the Tar Heels the early 4-0 lead. A Dickey solo shot to center field in the fourth inning pushed it to 5-0 for the Tar Heels.
Ashley Thomas led off the Georgia Tech (25-30, 10-10) fifth inning with a single to right field, and Alysha Rudnik doubled to left to get the Yellow Jackets on the board. A walk from Hope Rush and a bloop single to center by Katie Johnsky plated another run to bring Georgia Tech to within three, 5-2.
Dickey hit her second solo shot of the day in the sixth inning, her 12th of the season, to give the Tar Heels a 6-2 lead. The senior holds the program record and ranks eighth in league history with 43 career home runs. The two from Dickey tied the tournament single-game record for home runs in a contest.
Spingola (29-12) went seven innings and held Georgia Tech to five hits to earn her 29th win of the season, tying for the ACC lead. She tallied six strikeouts with two earned runs allowed in her 28th complete game of the year.
Rush (13-15) allowed six runs on 11 hits with two strikeouts in the loss.