EUGENE, Ore. - After No. 3 Oregon shut out UNC 3-0 earlier in the day, No. 25 Wisconsin ousted the Tar Heels from NCAA Regional play with a 6-2 win Friday night at Oregon's Howe Field.
Lori Spingola's solid pitching in both games and Amber Parrish's solo shot in game two highlighted Carolina's final day of play. The Tar Heels finish their season 40-21, tallying their sixth 40-win season in the last seven years as they close out their 11th NCAA appearance.
Oregon's Jessica Moore pitched the complete shut out, tallying her 100th career victory and 19th career shutout as she gave up five hits while fanning nine for the Ducks, who capitalized on Carolina's two errors and eight runners left on base.
"I thought we played a good game, and I thought Lori pitched another great game for us," head coach Donna J. Papa said. "We made some mistakes that cost us a couple of runs, but we were in the game the whole game, and I thought we competed really well. We left too many people on base and had opportunities to score some runs early. We didn't capitalize though, and they did, and that was really the difference in the game. I think we just need to continue to go out and compete."
Janie Takeda led off for the host No. 3 seed with an infield single advancing to second on a sac bunt by Courtney Ceo before stealing third and scoring on the Tar Heels' first error. The Ducks tacked on two more in the third, as Takeda had another infield single, stealing second and advancing to third on Carolina's second error. Takeda scored on a bunt single by Alexa Peterson, which advanced Ceo to second. A hard-hit single to second by Samantha Pappas then scored Ceo for the final run.
Kristen Brown and Erin Satterfield each recorded a double, but the Tar Heels weren't able to put any runs across the plate as UNC left eight runners stranded, including leaving bases loaded in the second.
Spingola, who earned her 30th win of the season in Thursday's win over Wisconsin, took the loss, striking out seven and giving up six hits and one walk.
UNC topped the Badgers 3-2 in eight innings in Thursday's opening game, but the Badgers got the upper hand in Friday's contest.
"I'm really proud of the girls making it to regionals and being just a game away from making it to the finals," head coach Donna J. Papa said. "They really battled this weekend, but today Wisconsin came out on top. I'm really proud of the girls, and hopefully going forward we can continue to get better."
Mary Massei led off the opening frame with a single to right center, advancing to second on a sac bunt by Maria Van Abel before moving to third on a wild pitch. Stephanie Peace drew a walk and stole second before Michelle Meuller reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on the throw. Peace was tagged out at home and Massei scored on the play to put the Badgers up 1-0.
Constance Orr led off the bottom of the second with a solid single to right center, advancing to second on a ground out by Jenna Kelly. Orr moved to third on an Elisha Elliott single to left center and then plated a run for the Tar Heels on a wild pitch, evening the game at 1-1.
The Badgers took advantage of a Tar Heel error in the third, adding a pair of runs to take the lead in the third. With two outs on the board, Meuller was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a single to center by Massey. Marissa Mersch then doubled to left center as Mueller came home. Massey advanced to third on the hit and then scored on a Carolina throwing error, putting UW up 3-1.
Peace led off the fifth with a single to left, advancing to second when Mueller was hit by a pitch to reach base. A single to center by Massey moved Mueller to third as Peace advanced and scored on a Tar Heel error. Tancill, running for Massey, stole second and advanced to third on a Mersch ground out as Mueller crossed the plate for the second run. A sac fly by Kendall Grimm to left scored Tancill to give the Badgers the 6-1 lead.
Amber Parrish hit a solo shot out right field in the sixth for her seventh homer of the season to add a run to the board for Carolina, but the Tar Heels weren't able to add any more in the seventh as the Badgers took the win to advance to Saturday's final vs. No. 3 seed and host Oregon.