CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina took down Charlotte 8-6 Wednesday evening at Anderson Stadium, improving to 11-5 in the Tar Heels' sixth straight win.
Senior Constance Orr finished the night with two hits and three RBIs to lead Carolina. Lori Spingola (7-3) pitched five innings for the Tar Heels, striking out nine and giving up six hits while Ashley Bone earned her first save of the season, striking out one 49er with two hits in two innings.
After Briana Gwaltney and Chelsea Ingersoll each drew walks, Charlotte's Samantha Slade homered to left to put Charlotte up 3-0 in the first inning.
Kristen Brown led off the second with a single past second. Jenna Kelly reached base on an error to advance Brown to second, and then each stole a base. Tisha Mahon hit a successful sacrifice bunt to score Brown, and then Erin Satterfield singled to drive in Kelly as the Tar Heels took the 4-3 lead.
Charlotte added a run in the third when Gwaltney hit a solo shot to left field, but Carolina responded with two more in the bottom frame. Parrish doubled down the left field line and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Amy Nece before scoring on Brown's sacrifice fly. Paige Williams, running for Orr, advanced to second on Nece's bunt and to third on the fly out before scoring on a single by Kelly, making it 8-4.
In the fifth, Gwaltney reached base on a fielder's choice and advanced to second when Ingersoll hit a single up the middle. Slade singled to left to drive in Gwaltney, and Ingersoll scored when Kalie Lang reached base on an error.
The Tar Heels head to Tempe, Ariz., this weekend for Arizona State's Wilson/DeMarini Invitational. Carolina will face No. 3 ASU, No. 20 Baylor, East Carolina, North Dakota and Binghamton.