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SB: No. 6 Alabama holds on for 4-3 win over Carolina

Posted April 18

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— No. 6 Alabama held on for a close 4-3 win over the Tar Heels on Friday in front of a record crowd of 2,048 fans at Anderson Stadium.

North Carolina shattered its previous attendance record (1,250) by nearly 800 fans and nearly upset the Crimson Tide with a late charge in the seventh inning. Aquilla Mateen was three for four at the plate, while Amber Parrish posted two RBIs on one hit for the Tar Heels.

"I thought tonight was just awesome," head coach Donna J. Papa. "We had a fantastic crowd, the biggest we've ever had, and the atmosphere was awesome. Our girls played an outstanding game and battled really hard. The team had good collective focus, great determination and really good game awareness tonight."

"I'm really proud of how our team battled and competed tonight. Alabama won the game, but collectively it was one of the best games we've played all year. Hopefully we can use this as a spring board going forward into tomorrow and the rest of our ACC schedule," Papa said.

After defeating Georgia Southern 6-4 on Jadyn Spencer's two-run walk-off homer in the first game on Friday, the Tide rolled into its second game of the day, posting three runs on a two-run homer out center by Kaila Hunt and another solo shot by Jadyn Spencer.

North Carolina answered with a pair of runs itself in the bottom half. Aquilla Mateen led off with a single to shortstop, and after Amy Nece drew a walk, Kristen Brown singled to the pitcher to load the bases. Jenna Kelly followed an RBI infield single, driving in Mateen, and Nece came home asAmber Parrish hit a sacrifice fly to left field to cut Alabama's lead to 3-2.

In the second, Danae Hays singled up the middle and scored as Haylie McCleney hit a hard double down the left field line to make it 4-2.

Mateen started the bottom of the third with another single to shortstop, advancing to third as Nece reached on a throwing error by the Tide. After a walk to Brown loaded the bases for the Tar Heels, Parrish singled to left to knock in Mateen to cut Alabama's lead again to just one run, 4-3.

After the Tar Heels' run in the third, both teams were pretty quiet for the remainder of the game. With two outs on the board in the bottom of the seventh, Nece kep the game alive with a single through the right side, but a final fly out ended UNC's chance of a comeback.

Lori Spingola (16-12) had a solid showing for Carolina but was dealt the loss, giving up four runs and five hits while striking out two in four innings. Lauren Batten pitched two innings, giving up three hits, and Kendra Lynch struck out one batter in one inning in the circle.

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Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
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NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
 
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
 
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
 
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
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WAKE 17
BC 23
 
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
 
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
 
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
 
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
 
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
 
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
 
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
 
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
 
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
 
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
 
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
 
3rd
UCF 27
TEMPL 14
 
2nd
WASU 16
ARZ 31
 
1st
CLEM 0
SYR 3
 
2nd
LAMON 3
TXST 0
 
1st
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 14
 
1st
COLST 10
WYO 0
 
1st
LSU 0
MISS 0
 
1st
TENN 0
ALA 0
 
1st
AUB 0
SCAR 0
 
8:00pm Tonight
PSU
OSU
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
1st
TOR 0
BOS 1
 
1st
NYI 1
DAL 1
 
1st
PHI 0
DET 1
 
1st
OTT 0
NJD 0
 
1st
MON 0
NYR 0
 
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
PIT
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
TAM
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14