CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 25 North Carolina split two games on Senior Day with Georgia Tech Sunday at Anderson Stadium.
The Tar Heels honored six graduating players prior to game one, in which Jenna Kelly went 4-for-4 to help lead Carolina in a 7-1 rout of the Yellow Jackets. UNC started a strong comeback in game two from an 8-0 defecit but dropped the game 8-5.
The Tar Heels took a five run lead in the second and never looked back. Kelly led off the frame with a double to right field, advancing to third on a single to left by Elisha Elliott. Kristen Brown then smashed her third three-run homer of the season out center field to put Carolina on the board, 3-0. Aquilla Mateen drew a walk and then stole second and third bases. Haleigh Dickey then drew a walk, and a single to left field by Amber Parrish advanced Dickey and brought home Mateen. Constance Orr drew a walk to load the bases, and a single by Kelly scored Parrish to put the Tar Heels up 5-0.
With two early outs in the bottom of the third, Brown drew a walk and scored on a triple to left field by Mateen. Dickey then drew a walk and a single by Parrish brought in Mateen to increase the Carolina lead to 7-0.
Tech broke up the shut out in the fourth inning with a solo shot to center by Hope Rush, but the score held at 7-1 with three final scoreless innings.
Lori Spingola pitched all seven innings, recording six strikeouts and giving up four hits and one walk.
Georgia Tech got off to a quick start in game two. Morgan Taylor drew a walk and Chelsie Thomas came in to pinch run, stealing second and advancing to third on a single by Courtney Ziese. Thomas was thrown out at home after Karly Fullem reached on a fielder's choice. Katie Johnsky singled to center field to load the bases for the Yellow Jackets, and a walk drawn by Caitlyn Coffey scored Ziese to put Tech on the board.
In the top of the third, GT added five more runs to their 1-0 lead. Alysha Rudnik singled to right field and advanced to second on a single by Rush. Ziese drew a walk to load the bases, and Fullem reached on a fielder's choice that got Rudnik out at home. A double by Johnsky to left center brought in Ziese and Fullem for two runs. Coffey drew a walk to load the bases for Ashley Thomas, who doubled to bring in three more runs and give the Yellow Jackets a 5-0 lead at the end of the third.
The Yellow Jackets increased the lead to 8-0 in the top of the fourth behind Rush's second home run of the day. Rudnik doubled to right center and scored on a shot over left by Rush.
Brown hit a solo shot for Carolina over center in the bottom of the fourth to break up what had been a perfect game for Rush.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Tar Heels added another run. Kelly doubled down the left field line and reached third on a ground out by Elliott. A sacrifice fly by Satterfield to left scored Kelly to bring the score to 8-2, Georgia Tech.
Brown then led off the bottom of the sixth with a home run out over left center, making it 8-3.
The Tar Heels rallied in the seventh with a two-run homer by Kati Causey, but ultimately fell short, losing game two 8-5.
Bone took the loss, pitching 2.2 innings and giving up six hits, five runs and three walks. Spingola came in for the last 1.1 innings recording three strikeouts and giving up four hits and two walks. Orr pitched for the final 3 innings and gave up three hits and two walks.
Carolina and Georgia Tech close out the series Monday night at 7pm, playing live on ESPNU. Rally towels will be given to the first 250 fans in attendance, and UNC basketball player P.J. Hairston will be throwing the first pitch.