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Kristen Brown hit two three-run homers, including a walk-off shot in game two, helping Carolina beat James Madison twice on Wednesday.
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UNC Tops JMU On Brown's Walk-Off Homer
Release: 04/03/2013

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Home runs were the theme of the night at Anderson Stadium as the No. 25 Tar Heels took down James Madison 6-0 and 5-3 in doubleheader contests.

Kristen Brown hit a three-run homer in each game, as her walk-off long ball in game two helped UNC secure a second victory. Haleigh Dickey's solo shot in game one gave her the Carolina career record for home runs.

Lori Spingola earned both wins as the Tar Heels improved to 28-13 (6-3) on the season. 

Watch highlights of game one here and game two here.


After three quick scoreless frames, Amber Parrish drew a walk in the fourth, and Tisha Mahon advanced to second pinch running for Parrish. A double to right center by Kristen Brown scored Mahon to put the Tar Heels on the board. Amy Nece followed with a single to right field, advancing to second on the throw, while scoring Brown to give UNC the 2-0 lead.

In the fifth, Haleigh Dickey recorded her 39th career home run with a solo shot to right center, setting a new Carolina career record. The previous mark was 38, set by 2012 graduate Kelli Wheeler. Parrish followed with a double to left, and after a JMU pitching change, she advanced to third on a single by Constance Orr. Up 3-0, Brown homered to center field to bring in three additional runs.

Lori Spingola pitched the complete game, giving up three hits and one walk while fanning seven.


James Madison came on strong in the second game, as Morgan Heath led off with a double to right center and advanced to third on a single by Jasmine Butler. Sarah Mooney singled to center, driving in Heath and Butler to put the Dukes up two runs in the first inning.

The Tar Heels tied it up in the second, as Jenna Kelly reached first on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on an infield single by Mahon. Kati Causey reached first on an error, driving in the first UNC run. A bunt single by Aquilla Mateen scored Mahon to even the score.

JMU's Megan Shinaberry hit a solo home run to left center gave the Dukes the lead in the fourth inning.

After two scoreless innings, the Tar Heels trailed going into their last at-bat. Parrish singled up the middle, and Nece came in to pinch run. Lauren Fuller reached on a fielder's choice, advancing Nece to second and then third on a throwing error. With two runners on base, Brown hit her second three-run homer over center field for the walk-off win.

Ashley Bone pitched six innings for the Tar Heels, giving up seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Spingola came in for the final innings, striking out one and giving up one hit to take the win.


ACC play resumes when UNC hosts Virginia April 6 and 7 for a three- game series, all to be shown live on ESPN3.  The Tar Heels close out their 10-game home stand as they host Elon next Wednesday, April 10, at 6 p.m.

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