TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State topped the Tar Heels in two games on Sunday, taking the series 2-1 as UNC dropped to 22-12 (4-2) on the season. FSU won today's first game 9-1 and game two 5-4.
After taking a close 5-4 game one of the series on Saturday, the Tar Heels fell by the run-rule in game two on Sunday, 9-1. The Seminoles had three homers and nine hits to top Carolina's single hit.
UNC struck first in the second, as Amber Parrish led off the game with a walk. Aquilla Mateen advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a passed ball while pinch running before scoring on Kristen Brown's fielder's choice.
The Noles answered with five in the bottom half of the second. Morgan Bullock led off with a single up the middle and advanced to second as Macey Cheatham reached on an error. Kaitlin Allen walked to load the bases, and Victoria East's fielder's choice kept the bases loaded as Cheatham was called out on the play. Courtney Senas smacked a triple to right, scoring all three FSU runners before Kelly Hensley homered out center for another two runs on the board.
Both teams were held scoreless in the third and fourth before Florida State added four final runs in the fifth. Erika Hoffner led off with a bunt single, advancing to second on a single to left by Cheatham. Both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch before Celeste Gomez hit FSU's second homer to center to add three runs. Senas hit the Noles third homer of the game, a solo shot to left, to end the game.
Scoreless through the first two innings, Florida State struck first in game three. Allen and Senas each drew a walk, and both runners advanced a base on a passed ball to get in scoring position. Hensley singled to left and advanced to second on the throw, driving both runners home and putting FSU up 2-0.
UNC had runners on second and third in the fourth and left one on in the fifth, but the Tar Heels weren't able to capitalize for a score. In the bottom of the fifth, East doubled to left and then advanced to third on a Tar Heel error. She scored on a single through the left side by Hensley to put the Noles up 3-0.
In the seventh, Kati Causey drew a walk, and Elena Covert advanced to second on a ground out by Elliott while pinch running for Causey. Brown singled to right to advance Covert to third, and Lauren Walker pinch hit a single to center to bring in Covert to close down the shutout. Satterfield was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Carolina, but a final strike out brought the game to an end.
Despite the loss, Lori Spingola had a strong showing in the circle for Carolina as she tallied her fifth game this season with 10 or more strikeouts. She gave up four hits and six walks with just one earned run.
The Tar Heels will head to Campbell on Wednesday, March 27, before returning to Chapel Hill for another conference series with Virginia Tech next weekend. Carolina will face the Hokies at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 29, and hold a doubleheader on Saturday, March 30, at 1 and 3 p.m.