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The Tar Heels will honor seniors Lori Spingola, Sara Buchholz, Amy Nece and Ashley Bone prior to game one on Saturday.
The Tar Heels will honor seniors Lori Spingola, Sara Buchholz, Amy Nece and Ashley Bone prior to game one on Saturday.
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Carolina Set To Close Out Regular Season With NC State
Release: 04/25/2014

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Tar Heels close out regular season play when they host ACC rival NC State for a three-game series this weekend. 

UNC and NC State will play a doubleheader on Saturday, with Senior Day festivities beginning at 12:45 p.m. prior to to the first game. Game three will be played at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission and parking is free for all home Carolina softball games, and all three games will be streamed live through GoHeels TV.

Follow the Games:

• Game 1 - Saturday 1 p.m. - GoHeels TV | Live Stats
• Game 2 - Saturday 3 p.m. - GoHeels TV | Live Stats
• Game 3 - Sunday 1 p.m. - GoHeels TV | Live Stats

Weekend Promotions:

• Senior Day festivities begin at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday. Come out to honor and celebrate Carolina's four graduating seniors: Ashley Bone, Sara Buchholz, Amy Nece and Lori Spingola.
• There will be a Bounce House for kids to play in.
• UNC football quarterback Marquise Williams will be throwing out the first pitch for game one. 
• The Tar Heels will hold an autograph session after game two on Saturday. 
• Sunday is Country Music Day.

Scouting the Matchup:

Carolina is 25-48 all-time against the Wolfpack. In 2013, UNC took game one 2-1, but NC State hit walk-off homers in games two and three to take the series 2-1.

North Carolina: UNC is 22-23 overall and and ranks fifth in ACC standings with a 13-9 mark. The Tar Heels have had four games rained out this week and last played on Friday against No. 6/7 Alabama as the Crimson Tide held on for a close 4-3 win.

Jenna Kelly (.353) leads Carolina with 35 RBIs, 30 runs and 47 hits, including 10 home runs. Kristen Brown (.322) has a team-high 44 RBIs and 36 runs and has tallied 12 homers, as has Amber Parrish, who has 35 RBIs for the year. In the circle, Lori Spingola is 16-12 with a 3.23 ERA and has fanned 135 in 162.2 innings. Lauren Batten (4.09 ERA) is 4-4, and Kendra Lynch (5.40 ERA) is 1-6.

NC State: The Wolfpack is 30-14 and fourth in the ACC with a 14-7 record after splitting a doubleheader with No. 21 Notre Dame on Tuesday. Renada Davis leads NC State with 34 runs and 26 RBIs, tallying 13 homers and 10 doubles for the year while posting a .359 batting average and a .733 slugging percentage. Lana Van Dyken (.357) has 23 runs and 13 RBIs, while Molly Hutchinson has posted 30 RBIs and eight home runs. Emily Weiman is 25-11 in the circle with a 2.21 ERA and 219 strikeouts in 222 innings. Courtney Mirabella is 5-3 with a 3.64 ERA and 64 strikeouts.



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