Ran Northam

Former Tar Heels Help U.S. Women’s National Team To International Friendly Win

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS – With the help of five Tar Heels, the U.S. women’s national soccer team earned a comprehensive 3-1 win against the Netherlands in Tuesday’s International Friendly. Former Tar Heel Tobin Heath scored the match’s opening goal followed by two from teammate Christen Press. All five Carolinians, including Ashlyn Harris who went the whole way in goal for the U.S., Heather O’Reilly, Yael Averbuch, and Meghan Klingenberg, played a major role in the contest. For more on the contest, click...

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No. 1 UNC Baseball Hands Elon 15-3 Defeat On Its Home Field

ELON – The No. 1 UNC baseballteam didn’t have to travel far to keep its road record clean as the Tar Heels took down the Elon Phoenix 15-3 Tuesday night. Carolina has beaten Elon 30 times in the 39 meetings. With the help of a 3-5 night from freshman Skye Bolt who hit his sixth homerun of the season and batted in three runners, as well as a strong pitching core of senior Chris Munnelly followed by sophomore Chris McCue, the Tar Heels took the early lead and piled the runs on late for the victory. With the win, UNC improved to 30-2; Elon fell to 20-14. The Tar Heels return to the Hill Wednesday to host the Liberty Flames. This game was not originally on the schedule and serves as a makeup game for the missed game three of the Boston College series. After a weekend series against Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Elon will meet again next Wednesday following a Tuesday night contest between UNC and Coastal...

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Friday’s Carolina Football Scrimmage In Greensboro Moved To Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL – Due to heavy rainfall in Greensboro, the UNC football scrimmage scheduled for Friday at Grimsley High School has been moved to Chapel Hill. The scrimmage has been moved to Kenan Stadium and is open to the public. More than two inches of rain fell between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning making the playing conditions unsafe. Last year’s scrimmage in Charlotte was cancelled due to inclement weather as well. The Tar Heels’ scrimmage in the Queen City on March 28 this year was a success. Friday’s scrimmage begins at 5:00 p.m. Parking will be available at the Ram’s Head Deck at any time and the Bell Tower Deck after 5:00 p.m. To see a statement from Coach Fedora as well as more information about the scrimmage,click...

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No. 1 UNC Baseball Hosts Maryland Beginning Friday

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 1 UNC baseball team returns home this weekend for a three-game conference series against Marylandbeginning Friday night. Carolina got back to its winning ways on Wednesday with a 10-0 win over UNC Wilmington. Maryland also stepped out of conference play for a mid-week win over Rider on Wednesday, 6-3. UNC is just two points ahead of LSU in the Collegiate Baseball Top 25 poll, and the Tar Heels are tied with the Tigers for the best record in the county. LSU is on a nine-game winning streak; a Carolina sweep of Maryland this weekend would certainly help the Tar Heels’ cause. First pitch Friday night is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. You can hear all the action live on WCHL immediately following the WCHL Evening News with Aaron Keck. Game...

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UNC Men’s And Women’s Tennis Battles Georgia Tech Friday Afternoon

CHAPEL HILL – The UNC men’s and women’s tennis teams continue ACC play against Georiga Tech Friday afternoon. The women are still ranked No. 1 in the nation, but are coming off a 4-3 upset by the rackets of No. 27 Virginia on Saturday. Prior to that defeat, Carolina won eight straight dating back to its ACC opener on February 27 against Wake Forest in which the Tar Heels took down the Demon Deacons 7-0 in Winston-Salem. As of March 26, senior Gina Suarez-Malaguti remained in the top ten in singles nationally; freshman Whitney Kay rounds out the top 25. The 17-2, 3-1 Tar Heels are fifth in the ACC, one point behind the top four spots; Georgia Tech (9-6, 3-2) is tied with Carolina with three points in conference play. The UNC-GT women’s match begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Chapel Hill. The men are looking for their first conference win of the season Friday afternoon in Atlanta. The Tar Heels have lost eight straight including their most recent defeat by No. 1 Virginia, 6-1 on Sunday. UNC started the spring schedule ranked 18th in the country and opened with a 7-2 overall record before its currently losing streak. Carolina has since fallen to 70th. Georgia Tech has just one conference win this season and is 8-10 overall. The UNC-GT men’s match begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday in...

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No. 1 UNC Baseball Shuts Out UNC Wilmington On The Road

WILMINGTON – The No. 1 UNCbaseball team remained undefeated on the road with a shutout win over UNC Wilmington Wednesday night. Despite leaving eight runners stranded, the Tar Heels took down the Seahawks 10-0 thanks in part to the talented bats of junior third-baseman Colin Moran, junior first-baseman Cody Stubbs, and sophomore second-baseman Mike Zolk. The three Tar Heels each tallied two RBIs and freshman right-fielder Skye Bolt hit his fifth homerun of the season. Senior right-hander Chris Munnelly took the game for seven innings throwing eight strikeouts and only giving up two hits. Three Tar Heel pitchers saw action Wednesday night and no Seahawks saw a free pass in the shutout. With the win, Carolina improved to 26-2; Wilmington fell to 21-9. This weekend, the Tar Heels bring their league-leading 9-2 conference record back to this Hill to host the Maryland Terrapins who are 4-8 in league play and are coming off a 6-3 win over the Towson Tigers 6-3 on Wednesday. First pitch for the Friday-night series opener is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium. You can hear all the action on WCHL immediately following the WCHL Evening News with Aaron...

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No. 25 UNC Softball Takes Two Against JMU, The Second With Walk-Off Homer

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 25 UNC softball team extended its winning streak to four Wednesday night with a pair of wins against James Madison, 6-0 and 5-3. Junior pitcher Lori Spingola threw a shutout in game one against the Dukes and only allowed three hits while striking out seven. Junior pitcher Ashley Bone started the second game and saw her Tar Heels trailing 3-2 heading into the final frame. Spingola returned and got the win as the UNC offense followed her talented pitching with a walk-off three-run homerun by freshman shortstop Kristen Brown. In game one, Brown was also responsible for four of Carolina’s six runs and saw her first homerun of the night. Senior designated hitter Haleigh Dickey hit her 39th career homerun in the fifth inning of game one to add to the 2-0 lead. That shot gave Dickey the career lead in homeruns at UNC. With the pair of wins, Carolina improved to 28-13; James Madison fell to 24-9. UNC steps back into ACC play this weekend with a three-game series against UVA. Virginia took two games against George Mason on Wednesday and won last weekend’s series against Boston College 2-1. This weekend’s series between the Tar Heels and Cavaliers begins with a double header Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Anderson Stadium in Chapel...

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Tierra Ruffin-Pratt Awarded Honorable Mention On AP All-America Team

NEW YORK – Without Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, the UNC women’s basketball team likely wouldn’t have made it to the ACC championship game and the NCAA Round of the 32, and the Associated Press recognized that. The senior guard was received an honorable mention on the AP All-America team. Ruffin-Pratt led the team with 15.5 points per game, more than 4.5 assists per game, and nearly three steals per game. Despite being knocked out of the NCAA tournament early as a No. 3 seed by No. 6 Delaware on its home court, Carolina saw a big turnaround from last season. The Tar Heels missed the Big Dance last year and Coach Sylvia Hatchell said she would not accept a bid to the WNIT if the team didn’t make it to the NCAAs. This year, with the help of Ruffin-Pratt, UNC finished second in the ACC, took down a highly-ranked Maryland team two out of three times, and won the WNIT Preseason tournament, among other accolades. Ruffin-Pratt was also named to the first team All-ACC roster this year for her efforts. Waltiea Rolle and Krista Gross are also graduating from UNC, but the Tar Heels return ten...

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No. 1 UNC Baseball Looks To Begin Another Winning Streak

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 1 UNCbaseball team steps out of conference play on Wednesday with the hopes of bouncing back from its second loss of the season when it travels to UNC Wilmington. The Tar Heels dropped the third game of the series against the Clemson Tigers in a 5-4 11-inning decision Monday after taking the first two wins. Monday was a marathon day after UNC and Clemson had to make up the remainder of Sunday’s rain-out. The Tar Heels took the first game of the day 6-2 after starting in the top of the third with a 2-0 lead. The polls came out Monday morning before Carolina dropped just its second game of the season—the Tar Heels are tied with LSU with the best record in the country. The Tar Heels held a unanimous No. 1 spot across the four polls. UNC Wilmington could provide a good challenge for Carolina on Wednesday. The Seahawks hold the top spot in the Colonial Athletic Association at 7-1 and are 21-8 overall. They’re currently on a four-game winning streak, including a sweep over conference-opponent Old Dominion and a win Tuesday over the Southern Conference’s College of Charleston. Senior right-hander Chris Munnelly will get the start. In 15.1 innings, he’s 1-0 on the season with a 1.17 earned run average (ERA). He’s thrown 22 strikeouts compared to just nine walks. The UNC pitching staff has inched two...

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Judge Rules University Did Not Protect Housekeepers

CHAPEL HILL – While UNC tends to the early stages of its newest investigation, a ruling was released late last week in another case that alleges sexual harassment. According to the News and Observer, Administrative Judge Melissa Lassiter ruled Friday that the University failed to protect a housekeeper from sexual harassment and retaliation. In early 2011, numerous employees in the housekeeping department complained of poor treatment, with incidents ranging from sexual harassment to open threats. After the Washington-based PRM Consulting Firm conducted hundreds of interview of the staff, it found that the department’s practices “created a culture with employee morale issues, lack of trust, and overall frustration.” Housekeeping director Bill Burston stepped down in September amid the controversy; in December 2011, former assistant director Tonya Sell also resigned amidst allegations of verbally abusing her employees. One housekeeper at the forefront of the investigation is Maria Isabel Prudencio-Arias; she claimed to be a victim of sexual harassment and says she was punished after she brought that to the administrations attention. Prudencio-Arias still works at UNC. Judge Lassiter awarded Prudencio-Arias attorney fees and said the University should meet her medical needs with a job that suits her. Her lawyer told the N&O that she will be seeking $160,000 in damages for lost personal leave, depression and emotional stress. The ruling now goes in front of the State Personnel Commission, which will...

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