North Carolina opens Wilson/DeMarini tourney with wins versus Baylor, ECU
TEMPE, Ariz. -- North 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 against East Carolina on Friday at Arizona State's Farrington Stadium.
In game one, Lori Spingola gave up only one hit to help lift the Tar Heels past 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 during game one, Erin Satterfield led off 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 home run 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.
In game two, 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.
In the second inning, Kristen Brown singled and Amy Nece drew a walk before Megan Morrison responded with a home run of her own, putting the Tar Heels up 3-1.
Fieldhouse hit the Pirates' second home run of the game in the third, driving in Kristi Oshiro, who had reached base on a fielder's choice and evening the score at three.
Two Tar Heel pitching changes later, 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.
Amber Parrish singled in the bottom frame before Constance Orr homered over center as Carolina took back the lead for good 5-4.
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.