UNC alumni captures softball title
Two-time UNC All-America shortstop Kristen Brown added another title to her collection as she helped the Chicago Bandits to their second consecutive National Pro Fastpitch Championship.
Brown went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI in game two of the three-game series against the USSSA Pride, then earned her first professional championship the following night in a 2-1 victory. The 24th overall pick in the 2016 NPF College Draft, Brown slugged .446 with four doubles, five home runs and 11 RBIs in her first professional season with the Bandits.
The ACC’s all-time career home run leader became the 14th Tar Heel to play professional softball for the NPF over the summer and was the first to win the Cowles Cup since Christine Knauer scored a run in the first inning to help the Bandits defeat the Pride in the 2011 championship series finale.
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Duke: The Blue Devils (3-2-1) will host Pittsburgh Friday at 7 p.m. in search of their first ACC win.
UNC: The Tar Heels continue their conference play on Friday by hosting Boston College at 7 p.m. The Tar Heels and Eagles rank fourth and fifth, respectively, within the ACC in scoring.
The Tar Heels have won their last two matches, including a 4-1 victory on the road at William & Mary on Tuesday.
ECU: The Pirates’ final nonconference match of the season, scheduled for Thursday at UNC Wilmington, has been canceled due to unplayable field conditions caused by rainfall. The contest will not be rescheduled.
Elon: The Phoenix will open CAA play at home this weekend against Towson on Friday at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at 1 p.m. against James Madison.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons fell to Florida State 3-0 at the Seminole Soccer Complex on Thursday night.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons return home to face Louisville and California.
Wake Forest will face Louisville at 7 p.m. on Friday and California at noon on Sunday.
UNC: The Tar Heels will host the nation’s two top-ranked teams this weekend, with Syracuse visiting Francis E. Henry Stadium Friday at 6 p.m. and Duke on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Heels won their last matchup against Syracuse in Chapel Hill, 3-0 in 2014.
Sunday’s game is the first of two regular-season meetings this fall between the Tar Heels and Blue Devils. Admission is free to both contests.
Elon: The Phoenix is set to host the Elon Fall Invitational, Friday through Sunday, at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center. Fifteen teams will be participating in the tournament, including Clemson, Coastal Carolina and James Madison. The Invitational will begin with the doubles matches at 9 a.m.
St. Augustine’s: The Falcons overcame a sluggish start to trounce Johnson C. Smith 3-1 in their home opener at Emery Gymnasium on Thursday. Shakera Hall and Brittany Jamison helped to lead the team to victory.
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