CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina is set to open ACC play this weekend as the Tar Heels host Boston College for a three-game series Saturday and Sunday.
UNC takes on BC Saturday at 1 and 3 pm and Sunday at noon at Anderson Stadium. Admission for all home Carolina softball games is free.
For fans that can't make it out to Anderson, a live stream of Sunday's game will be available on GoHeels TV.
Earlier this week, head coach Donna J. Papa sat down with GoHeels.com to preview this weekend's series. Watch that video interview here.
Coming into the Game
Carolina is 15-6 after a strong 4-1 weekend at Arizona State's Wilson/DeMarini Tournament in Tempe, Ariz. Highlighting the weekend was the Tar Heels' 3-0 shutout of No. 20 Baylor.
Boston College is 4-8 on the season as both teams open ACC play this weekend.
UNC is 20-3 all-time against BC, going 2-1 against the Eagles in 2012.
Back in the Rankings
After a brief hiatus out of the polls, Carolina is back in both the USA Today/NFCA and the ESPN.com/USA Softball polls at No. 25 this week. UNC is the only top-25 ACC school, with FSU and Virginia Tech each receiving votes.
Top Tar Heels
Junior Lori Spingola, a two-time ACC Pitcher of the Week this season, is 9-4 with a 1.94 ERA. She has one no-hitter under her belt, leading the conference with 93 strikeouts in 86.2 innings so far.
Constance Orr was named the ACC Player of the Week this week for her outstanding plate appearances this past week. Orr had three multiple-run homeruns, including a grand slam against North Dakota, and finished the week with eight hits, 11 RBIs and a .444 batting average. Orr has 19 hits and 22 RBIs, batting .333 this season.
Haleigh Dickey is also batting .333 with 20 hits and eight RBIs, and Amy Nece has a .340 average with 17 hits, 12 runs and seven RBIs. Freshman Erin Satterfield (.315) has been making an impact in her first year, tallying six RBIs and 16 runs on 17 hits.
Carolina at Home
UNC is 6-0 at home so far this season in Chapel Hill. Since UNC opened play in 2002 in their new home at Williams Field at Anderson Stadium, Carolina has a stellar record of 213-66-1.
Scouting Boston College
The 4-8 Eagles are led by Megan Cooley, batting .378 with 13 runs, 14 hits and three RBIs. CJ Chirichigno (.361) has six RBIs on 13 hits while Tory Speer (.333) has six RBIs, also with 12 hits.
Pitchers Andrea Filler is 2-5 (6.56 ERA) with 16 strikeouts, and Chelsea Dimon is 2-3 with a 7.50 ERA and 12 strikeouts.
UNC heads to Kentucky next week for six games. The Tar Heels face the Wildcats on March 12, and then play in the Louisville Classic March 15-17, which includes Iowa, Eastern Michigan, Wisconsin, and host Louisville.