EUGENE, OR – The UNC softball team’s season came to a close Friday as it fell twice in the NCAA tournament to regional host, No. 3 Oregon and No. 25 Wisconsin.
The Ducks blanked the Tar Heels in the first game of the day, thought Carolina put up five hits compared to six by Oregon. However, UNC left eight runners stranded and committed two errors to Oregon’s one.
With the win, Oregon fast tracked to Saturday’s regional finals; Carolina had to play again Friday night and this time couldn’t pull the upset on Wisconsin.
The Badgers never trailed after taking the 1-0 lead in the top of the first. In the top of the fifth, Wisconsin opened it up to a 6-1 lead with three runs for which Carolina didn’t have the answer.
With the losses, the Tar Heels finished the season 40-21. UNC will lose six seniors, including this state queen, Constance Orr. However, Carolina returns five juniors, including star pitcher Lori Spingola and four sophomores.
TEMPE, AZ – The UNC men’s golf team closed out the first round of NCAA Regional play tied for fourth on Thursday.
North Carolina and four other teams shot an even-par, 280 in the first of three rounds. No. 4 UCLA led the field shooting -12—ten shots better than the number two finisher, No. 10 Duke.
Georgia, Texas A&M and North Carolina are the first to tee off round two beginning at 7:30 a.m. Pacific time. The Tempe Regional is being played at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona.
The top five teams and top individual not on a qualifying team advance to the NCAA Championship which is being played May 28 – June 2 at the Capital City Club, Crabapple Course in Atlanta.
AUBURN, ALABAMA – The University of North Carolina 11th-ranked women’s golf team fired a 2-over-par 290 in the first round of the NCAA East Regional and is tied for sixth place. Junior Jackie Chang led the way for the Tar Heels as she fired a 4-under 68 on Thursday and Casey Grice was just one shot back at 2-under 70.
“The team started off very strong,” says Tar Heel head coach Jan Mann. “There were a few hiccups on our back nine (the front nine since Carolina started on tee #10) for a couple of our players. Jackie and Casey both had very good rounds. Overall, the team had 16 birdies and one eagle. Tomorrow we are looking forward to a lot more birdies and pars.”
Chang fired five birdies and one bogey en route to her 4-under 68, the low round of her collegiate career. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native is tied for fourth place in the individual race, just one stroke behind the leaders. Grice fired four birdies and two bogeys on her way to a 2-under 70. The junior from College Station, Texas, is tied for ninth among all individuals. Elizabeth Mallett, a freshman from Sutton Coldfield, England, shot a 2-over 74 in the first round and stands tied for 44th place. Junior Katherine Perry, from Cary, N.C., shot a 6-over 78 on Thursday and is tied for 93rd while sophomore Maia Schechter, from Takoma Park, Md., carded a 7-over 79 and is tied for 96th.
Top-seed Alabama fired a sizzling 11-under-par 277 and leads the field of 24 teams. Arkansas and Tulane are six strokes back in a tie for second place at 5-under 283. UCLA is alone in fourth place at even par 288 while Texas is fifth at 1-over 289, and North Carolina and Oklahoma State are tied for sixth place at 2-over 290. Northwestern and Notre Dame are tied for eighth place at 4-over 292 while Tennessee rounds out the top 10 at 6-over 294.
There is a three-way tie for the individual lead at 5-under-par 67 between Emma Lavy of Arkansas, Erica Popson of Tennessee and Emma Talley of Alabama. Carolina’s Chang is tied for fourth place at 4-under 68 with Stephanie Meadow of Alabama and Emily Penttila of Tulsa. Desiree Dubreuil of Texas and Shu-Yin Liu of Tulsa are tied for seventh place at 3-under 69. Carolina’s Grice is one of five players tied for ninth place at 2-under 70 with Alabama’s Hannah Collier, Tulane’s Madison Opfer, Texas’ Madison Pressel and Oklahoma State’s Julie Yang.
The 54-hole event is being played Auburn University Club which features a par 72, 6,259-yard layout. The top eight teams and top two individuals not on those eight teams will advance on to the NCAA Championships to be played May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga. The Tar Heels will begin teeing off the first tee at 1:56 EDT in Friday’s second round. Live scoring is available on GoHeels.com and Golfstat.com.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/womens-golf-t-6th-after-round-one-of-three
The Tar Heels will be joined by 13 other teams and five individuals in the Arizona State Regional at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe. UNC received the No. 8 seed in the group; Duke is also in the ASU Regional as the No. 2 seed and the automatic qualifier from the ACC. The five best team scores and the best individual score will advance to the championship round.
The regional round consists of three 18-hole days of golf. North Carolina and the 13 other teams will tee off Thursday, May 16. The finals take place May 28-June 2 at The Capital City Club, Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Georgia.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/mens-golf-receives-bid-to-ncaa-regionals