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May 13, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga. - Freshman pitcher Lori Spingola pitched a no-hitter and junior outfielder Kelli Wheeler capped the game with a grand slam as second-seeded North Carolina shut out No. 7 Boston College, 9-0 in five innings, in the second game of the 2011 ACC Softball Championship Friday at Mewborn Field in Atlanta, Ga.
With the victory, North Carolina improves to 33-20 (13-7 ACC). The Tar Heels advance to the semifinal round where they will face third-seeded Maryland Saturday at 1 p.m. Boston College falls to 15-31 (5-13 ACC). The two teams met last weekend to close out the regular season with the Tar Heels taking two of three.
Wheeler, a second team All-ACC pick, led North Carolina at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore first baseman Haleigh Dickey, a first team All-ACC member, and freshman shortstop Logan Foulks both went 1-for-2 with two RBI apiece.
Spingola, a first team All-ACC selection, pitched five hitless innings to move to 26-15 on the season. She struck out 11 of the 18 batters she faced.
Senior Allison Gage took the loss to move to 7-13 on the season. She surrendered two earned runs in two-thirds of an inning pitched. Freshman Amanda Horowitz and sophomore Nicole D'Argento each pitched two innings. D'Argento fanned two batters.
The Tar Heels got on the board in the bottom of the first. Foulks doubled down the left field line to score sophomore pinch runner Tisha Mahon and Wheeler, giving UNC a 2-0 lead. North Carolina added two more in the third inning as Dickey sent a shot to right field scoring freshman outfielder Amy Nece.
Holding a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth, junior third baseman Ally Blake singled to third base. She advanced to second on an error by BC's third baseman and sophomore pinch runner Paige Williams crossed home plate to give the Tar Heels a five-run advantage. Four batters later with the bases loaded, Wheeler sent a pitch beyond the centerfield wall to give North Carolina a 9-0 lead and the five inning run-rule victory.
A live web-stream of both semifinal games tomorrow will be available via The ACC Network on theACC.com.