May 21, 2010

Courtesy of TarHeelBlue.com

SEATTLE, WASH. - The University of North Carolina's Danielle Spaulding pitched a no hitter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, as the Tar Heels win 1-0, in the first game of the NCAA Tournament's Seattle Regional on Friday. Spaulding struck out 11 batters and only allowed two Nebraska base runners. Senior outfielder Anna Roberts scored Carolina's lone run in the win.

Spaulding hurled her fifth solo no hitter this season today against the Cornhuskers. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. product with today's performance, has now been a part of a UNC Softball record nine no-hitters during her four year career. Spaulding was previously tied with Crystal Cox with eight career no-hitters.

Spaulding previously held opponents Delaware, Saint Joseph's, James Madison and Virginia to no hits this season.

The Atlantic Coast Conference's 2010 Pitcher of the Year struck out 11 batters and only allowed two base runners during the game. With the win, Spaulding's record improves to 20-5 this season. The NFCA's All-Southeast First Team selection efficiently threw 57 strikes in 87 total pitches.

Carolina scored the go-ahead run, in the fourth inning, when Roberts hit a grounder back to Nebraska pitcher Ashley Hagemann, who made a throwing error to first base. The ball continued into the outfield past the right fielder as Roberts continued around the bases and scored the unearned run.

Shortstop Christine Knauer and sophomore Kelli Wheeler were the only Tar Heels to record a hit against Hagemann.

With today's win, Carolina faces the winner of the Washington/North Dakota State game tomorrow at 3 p.m. PT.