After a scoreless first, Constance Orr put the Heels on the board with her 15th homer of the season out left center.
Maryland's Lexi Carroll was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the second, advancing to third on a double by Candice Beards. Bridget Hawvermale then singled to left, advancing on the throw and scoring Carroll to even the score at 1-1. The Terps had runners on second and third, but a strikeout and fly out prevented additional runs.
Both squads went scoreless through the third and fourth until Carolina added a score in the fifth. Elisha Elliott and Brown hit back-to-back singles to left and Aquilla Mateen reached on a fielder's choice. With runners on first and second, Haleigh Dickey doubled to left to score Brown and put the Tar Heels up 2-1.
Amanda McCann, Sara Acosta and Lindsey Schmeiser each singled in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases for Shannon Bustillos, who singled and advanced to second on the throw while driving in McCann and Acosta. Carroll then doubled to right, driving in Bustillos and Schmeiser. Bria Taylor came in to run for Carroll, advancing to third on a fly out before scoring on a single to left by Juli Stange.
Jenna Kelly singled to center, advancing to second on a single to short by Amy Nece. Kati Causey flew out to left while pinch hitting, but Nece and Paige Williams, pinch running for Kelly, advanced on the play. Lauren Walker reached third on a Maryland error, scoring Nece and Williams to make it 6-4.
Maryland secured the victory by adding another three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Corey Schwartz started the inning with a pinch hit homer to left. With two outs on the board, the Terps stayed alive when Schmeiser was hit by a pitch to reach base and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Bustillos and Carroll each drew a walk to load the bases for Beards, who doubled to left to drive in the final two runs.
Lori Spingola pitched the complete game, giving up 11 hits and three walks while fanning seven.
The Tar Heels struck first in the second game as well, as Mateen hit a hard standup triple to right center before she scored on a wild pitch.
After five scoreless innings for the Terps, Maryland came alive in the sixth, putting six runs on the board. Schmeiser led off the Terps' sixth with a walk, advancing to second on a walk to Carroll. Schmeiser and Taylor, running for Carroll, advanced a base on a passed ball, before both scored on a double to right center by Beards. Strange then singled and advanced to second on the throw, driving in Beards before Hawvermale drew a walk. Corey Schwartz came in to pinch hit and was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for McCann. After Ashley Bone replaced Orr in the circle, McCann hit a bases-clearing triple to left center to add three runs for Maryland. After cycling through the batting order, Schmeiser came up to bat again, smashing a home run out left to add another two runs for the Terps. Sara Buchholz came in to replace Bone, and Bustillos doubled to right center before scoring the final run on a single to left by Taylor.
Three pitchers saw time in the circle for Carolina. Orr pitched 5.1 innings and was dealt the loss, giving up five hits and five walks with one strike out. Bone and Buccholz combined for the final .2 innings, giving up two hits apiece.