May 23, 2010

Courtesy of North Carolina Athletics

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The University of North Carolina softball team (42-19) defeated Nebraska University (30-29), in eight innings, 1-0, behind Danielle Spaulding's seventh no hitter this season and her second of the Seattle Regional. Spaulding pitched her second consecutive no hitter against Nebraska after blanking the Cornhuskers, 1-0, yesterday. Sophomore Kelli Wheeler added the Tar Heels only run on a solo home run in the eighth inning.

The 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year hurled the tenth no hitter of her career and the seventh of the 2010 season. Spaulding is the all-time leader in career no hitters in UNC Softball history.

With today's eight no hit, shutout innings, Spaulding contained the Huskers during this weekend's regional to no hits and no runs in the two games (15 total innings) against Nebraska. In today's game, the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Native dominated the Cornhusker hitters to the tune of 18 strikeouts, tying a season-high total. Spaulding only allowed six outs to enter the field of play.

In the bottom of the second inning Nebraska placed two runners in scoring position, but Spaulding struck out left fielder Tori Tyson to end the inning.

Carolina finally got a hit, when Kelli Wheeler singled to center field in the fifth inning, but Carolina could not capitalize on the runner.

In extra innings, Wheeler hit a solo home run to left-center, giving Carolina the 1-0 lead. The Tar Heel leading home run hitter, with 13 this season, gave Carolina its only run of the game and provided both hits.

Carolina advances to play Washington (47-16) in the Seattle Regional's Championship Game at 2:30 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.