SB: Carolina Erupts With Dominant Victories Over Hawaii
Posted February 23
Honolulu — North Carolina erupted with two fiery wins over Hawaii on Saturday, giving the Tar Heels their fourth-straight victory as they improved to 6-6 for the season.
UNC shut out the Rainbow Wahine 9-0 in the first game and then fought back from being down 3-0 to take a 9-3 victory in game two.
Amber Parrish had five RBIs on four hits, including two homers, to fuel the Tar Heels' offense, while Lori Spingola and Ashley Bone each had outstanding showings on the mound in the two wins.
"I'm really proud of our effort today," head coach Donna J. Papa said. "We put together two really good games. We hit the ball extremely well, our pitching has been outstanding, and we also had a lot of stellar defensive play again today.
"Kiwi [Aquilla Mateen] was outstanding. She did a little bit of everything at the plate and made a lot of things happen for us. So many people contributed and hit the ball well. I'm really excited and pleased and will be even more so tomorrow when we play in the championship game," Papa said.
The Tar Heels exploded in the first inning, scoring five runs on five hits. Aquilla Mateen led off with a single to left and stole second before scoring on Amy Nece's well-placed triple down the left field line. Jenna Kelly then hit an RBI single to center, which Amber Parrish followed with a two-run blast to center. Kristen Brown added the fifth run with a solo shot to left.
Parrish homered again in the second to put Carolina up 6-0. In the third, Erin Satterfield hit a bunt single and advanced to second on a single by Darby Rosen. Mateen reached base on an error, scoring Satterfield, and then stole second before moving to third on a ground out that brought Rosen home.
UNC topped it off with another run in the fifth as Satterfield single, stole second and then moved to third on a Mateen single. Lauren Walker singled to left, plating Satterfield for the ninth and final run.
Lori Spingola tossed one of her best games this season, tallying a season-high 11 strike outs while giving up only one hit in five innings.
Hawaii started off strong in the second matchup, recording three early runs behind five singles, but the Tar Heels wouldn't surrender another score the rest of the game.
UNC answered with a run in the bottom frame, as Mateen led off with a bunt single, then moved to second on a sac bunt from Nece before scoring on Amber Parish's single through the left side.
Kendra Lynch doubled down the left field line in the fourth, and after Jordan Scarboro came in to run, she scored on a hard double to center by Brown, cutting Hawaii's lead to just one run, 3-2.
The Tar Heels started their run in the fifth inning as Satterfield got things rolling with a single to center, moving to second on a passed ball before heading to third on a sac bunt by Jillian Ferraro. Mateen then singled to left, sending Satterfield home with the tying run before she advanced to second on a sac bunt by Nece. Mateen reached third on a passed ball, and then after Kelly drew a walk, both runners scored on a solid single to left by Parrish, and the Tar Heels took over the lead for good.
UNC increased its lead to six runs in the sixth as Brown doubled again to center, and Darby Rosenbelted her first career home run out center to make it 7-3. Mateen and Kati Causey each drew a walk before Kelly hit an RBI double to center, which brought Mateen home. Nece, who re-entered to run for Causey, was forced home for the final run after Parrish and Jordan Scarboro each drew a walk.
Ashley Bone recorded her first win of the year, keeping the Rainbows scoreless in 6.1 innings while tallying two strikeouts and giving up just three hits.
Up Next: North Carolina (4-0 this weekend) faces San Jose State for the Bank of Hawaii championship at 3 p.m. on Sunday.