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May 10, 2012
CHAPEL HILL N.C. (theACC.com) - North Carolina, seeded No. 1 in the ACC Softball Championship for the first time since 2008, opened play in the 2012 tournament with a 10-4 win over No. 8 Boston College (23-30).
With the win, the Tar Heels improve to 41-12 and advance to the semifinals where they will face the winner of the Maryland and Virginia Tech game at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
ACC Pitcher of the Year Lori Spignola threw a complete game for North Carolina to pick up her conference-leading 31st win of the season, striking out six and allowing four runs and seven hits. Her strike out in the first inning was her 300th for the season which stands as the fifth-highest total in North Carolina history.
Three different Tar Heels - Kelli Wheeler, Ally Blake, and Jordan Scarboro - knocked in three runners and hit a home run in the win.
Boston College manufactured a run in the first inning to grab the early lead. Junior first baseman Nicole D'Argento led off with a double to right field, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Rene Delagrammaticas, and scored on a wild pitch.
Scarboro tied the game for the Tar Heels in the bottom of the second, driving in pinch runner Tisha Mahon with a line drive to left field. After two infield popouts, leadoff hitter Wheeler cleared the left field wall with a three-run home run to give North Carolina the 4-1 lead.
The Tar Heels added three more in the next frame. First baseman Constance Orr knocked in a run, and then Scarboro connected on her sixth home run of the season to push the score to 7-1.
After Eagles catcher Brittany Wilkins was hit by a pitch to start the fourth inning, CJ Chirichigno moved her around to third with a double and Tory Speer blooped a single to left for the second run of the game for Boston College.
A Chelsea LoBue single down the left field line in the fifth drove in two more as the Eagles continued to chip away at the lead, 7-4. Boston College left the bases loaded in that inning and then again in the sixth, but was unable to get any closer.
Shortstop Ally Blake provided North Carolina with insurance in the sixth inning as she sent a Nicole D'Argentino pitch deep into the night for the three-run home run, her eighth of the season, to make it 10-4.