Bears Advance With 4-3 Over North Dakota At NCC Softball Championships
The UNC Bears' softball season was extended by at least one more game on Friday afternoon with a three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning against North Dakota. The Bears scored a 4-3 victory to move on to the next round of the losers' bracket for a matchup against South Dakota at 7 p.m. (Central time).
The Bears trailed the Fighting Sioux, 3-1, heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. UNC's Stephani Miller led off the sixth with a solo home run to cut the lead to one. Jana Pintz then scored on an RBI groundout by Nicole Martinez to tie the game at 3-3. Rachel Van Hook then laced a single to center to plate Lindsey Jorgensen and give the Bears a 4-3 advantage.
Miller then retired the side in the top of the seventh to clinch the victory for UNC. Miller improved to 5-8 on the season. Miller relieved starter Stacey Moon in the fifth inning and worked the final three innings to earn the victory.
The Bears had lost to North Dakota in both of the squad's meetings this season before today.