CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Tar Heels split with Virginia Tech on Sunday, suffering their first home loss of the season, 7-6, before bouncing back with a 5-1 game-three win to take the series. Carolina is now 25-13 (6-3) on the season after a 3-1 week.
Lauren Gaskill led off the game with a single to left followed by Kylie McGoldrick's first homer of the game out right field for a quick two runs.
The Tar Heels answered with two of their own in the bottom of the first. Elisha Elliott drew a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Erin Satterfield. Haleigh Dickey drew a walk, and a single up the middle by Parrish scored Elliott and advanced Stephanie Krider, pinch running for Dickey, to second. Krider and Parrish advanced on a fly out to right by Constance Orr, and then a single by Kristen Brown down the left field line scored Krider to even the score at 2-2.
After a scoreless second, the Hokies struck again in the third as Courtney Liddle hit a solo shot down the left field line.
Carolina once again responded in the bottom frame, starting with a single to center by Dickey before Parrish hit her fourth long ball of the season out left to put the Tar Heels back on top. After a pitching change by VT, Orr smacked her eighth homer of the season to left to make it 5-3.
Following a quite fourth inning, the Hokies put three more on the board in the fifth to take the lead for good. McGoldrick singled through the left side and advanced to second on a walk to C. Liddle. Kat Banks then doubled to left center to score McGoldrick. An intentional walk to Amanda Ake, who homered twice in Friday's game, loaded the bases for Dani Anderson, who drew a walk to push Liddle across the plate. A third walk to Bailey Liddlle scored Banks for what would eventually be the winning run.
With two outs on the board in the bottom of the seventh, Orr recorded her ninth homer and second of the game out right to make it 7-6, but a final ground out ended the game in favor of the Hokies.
Lori Spingola pitched all seven innings, striking out three while giving up nine hits and six walks.
After two scoreless innings, Satterfield singled to right before Dickey hit a long ball to center to give the Tar Heels the early 2-0 lead.
Aquilla Mateen led off the fifth with a double down the left field line, advancing to third on an infield single by Elliott Katie Causey pinch hit for Satterfield, reaching base on a fielder's choice, scoring Mateen. Dickey then singled to left, which brought home Elliott. Parrish drew a walk, loading the bases for Orr, who was hit by a pitch to force Satterfield across the plate to make it 5-0. Carolina had a chance to tack on a few more runs with bases loaded and no outs, but a pair of groundouts and a strike out ended the inning before the Tar Heels could put any more on the board.
In the sixth, Banks singled through the right side and scored on a stand-up triple by Logan Spaw to break up the shutout. The Hokies loaded the bases with two outs, but after Lauren Fuller briefly replaced Bone in the circle, a final groundout prevented any more VT runs.
Ashley Bone pitched 6.2 innings for the win, striking out two while giving up four hits and five walks.
The Tar Heels continue their home stretch with seven upcoming games at Anderson Stadium. UNC hosts Appalachian State on Tuesday at 5 p.m., followed by a doubleheader with James Madison on Wednesday at 4 and 6 p.m.
ACC play continues in Chapel Hill when Carolina hosts Virginia April 6 and 7 for a three-game series, all to be shown live on ESPN3.