EUGENE, Ore. — North Carolina opened NCAA play Thursday with a 3-2 victory in eight innings over No. 25 Wisconsin, led by Lori Spingolas stellar work in the circle and tough defensive play in the field.
Spingola, who tallied her 30th win of the season, fanned eight while giving up just four hits and three walks and only one earned run to help Carolina top the Badgers, who took the win over UNC in an earlier meeting this season.
Neither team put a run on the board until Wisconsin broke through in the bottom of the third frame.
Maria Van Abel reached base on a Tar Heels fielding error, advancing to third on a double to center by Mary Massei. A sac fly to center by Michelle Mueller scored Van Abel to put the Badgers up 1-0.
Kristen Brown led off the seventh with a double to right center, and a single by Dickey past the Wisconsin third baseman drove Brown in to put Carolina up 2-1.
The Badgers responded in the bottom half of the seventh, evening the game at 2-2 and forcing extra innings.
In the eighth, Brown hit a sac fly to third, scoring Elisha Elliott for what would be the winning run, 3-2.