TEMPE, Ariz. - Carolina opened play 2-0 at the Wilson/DeMarini tournament, taking down No. 20 Baylor in game one and following with a 5-4 win over East Carolina Friday at Arizona State's Farrington Stadium.
In game one, Lori Spingola gave up only one hit to help lift the Tar Heels over the Bears, while Megan Morrison had a big game against ECU, hitting a three-run homer for Carolina. Haleigh Dickey hit her first homer of the season against Baylor, and Constance Orr added her fourth against the Pirates.
After three quick innings, Erin Satterfield led of the fourth with a double to left center. Amber Parrish drew a walk before Constance Orr singled to right and advanced to second on a Baylor error. Aquilla Mateen advanced to second on the play while pinch running for Parrish, and Satterfield came home to put the first run on the board. Kristen Brown followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in Mateen to give Carolina the 2-0 lead.
In the sixth, Haleigh Dickey hit a solo shot to center for her first homerun of the season to make it 3-0.
Behind a strong pitching performance by Lori Spingola and solid defense, the Tar Heels kept Baylor scoreless in their remaining two at-bats to take the win.
Spingola (8-3) pitched a complete game, striking out six while giving up just one hit.
East Carolina's Kristi Oshiro singled and then scored on a double to right center by Alex Fieldhouse to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the first.
Fieldhouse hit the Pirates' second homerun of the game in the third, driving in Kristi Oshiro, who had reached base on a fielder's choice and evening the score at 3-3.
Two pitching changes later for the Tar Heels, ECU went long again as Jordan Lewis hit one out over left center to take the 4-3 lead in the top of the fifth.
Sara Buchholz earned the win for the Tar Heels, giving up two hits in one inning. Spingola got the save, pitching two innings and giving up two hits and one walk.
Carolina plays two games Saturday, facing North Dakota at 1:30 pm (EST) and No. 3 Arizona State at 9 pm (EST). The Tar Heels close out play at the Wilson/DeMarini tournament Sunday with a game against Binghamton at 11:30 am (EST).