CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 25 North Carolina beat Boston College 10-4 Sunday as the Tar Heels swept their ACC opening series this weekend at Anderson Stadium.
Amber Parrish had three RBIs on two hits, including a two-run homerun, while Kristen Brown added a homer and Tracy Chandless tacked on three RBIs. Lori Spingola tallied11 strikeouts in her fourth game this season with double-digit strikeouts as Carolina improved to 18-6 (3-0) while remaining undefeated at home this season at 9-0.
"I think we did a great job this weekend as our goal was to sweep the series, and we did that," head coach Donna J. Papa said. "I thought we had some good pitching on the mound, and our hitters really swung good bats all three games. A lot of people really contributed this weekend to our offense, and we had really solid defense with some great plays, especially today.
"I feel really confident, and this is a great way to start the season with a sweep of Boston College," Papa said.
Erin Satterfield doubled to center field to get the bats rolling for the Tar Heels. Haleigh Dickey drew a walk, and then Constance Orr hit an RBI single down the left field as Satterfield scored the first run. Tracy Chandless drew a walk, moving Orr to second and Elena Covert, running for Dickey, to third. Amber Parrish reached base on a fielder's choice, driving in Covert, and then Kristen Brown singled up the middle to bring home Chandless.
Boston College's Maria Pandolfo drew a walk in the third before Alana DiMaso homered to center to put two runs on the board for the Eagles.
Satterfield led of the fourth with a walk. Orr singled and advanced to second on the throw, which moved Satterfield to third before Chandless doubled to right center driving in both Tar Heel runners. Parrish hit her first homer of the season to right center, bringing home Chandless, before Brown homered to right center as well, putting the Tar Heels ups 8-2.
In the fifth, BC's Meg Scanlon singled on a bunt and scored on a homer out center by Pandolfo.
Carolina responded with two runs as well in the bottom frame, led off by Paige Williams reaching base on an Eagle error. Dickey singled up the middle and advanced to second on the throw as Williams ran home. Orr singled to short, which advanced Dickey to third before she scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Chandless for the final run of the game.
Lori Spingola (11-4) pitched 5.1 innings, giving up six hits and four walks while striking out 11 for her fourth game this season with double-digit strikeouts. Ashley Bone pitched 1.2 innings, striking out one and giving up two hits.
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.