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Ole Miss ousts UNC softball team in NCAA regional

Ole Miss came back to score five runs over the final two innings and defeat the North Carolina softball team, 7-2, on Sunday in the NCAA Oxford Regional Final. The win punches the Rebels’ (43-18) ticket to Super Regionals for the first time in program history, while the Tar Heels end the year at 40-21.

Sophomore Leah Murray led the Tar Heels at the plate once again, going 2-for-4 with a double, a stolen base and a run to wrap up the weekend hitting .643 with nine hits and three stolen bases. The outfielder finished the season ranked fourth all time in Carolina history with 38 stolen bases, hitting .370 on the year.

Kendra Lynch hit an RBI single in the bottom of the first to set a new all-time single-season record with her 68th run batted in.

Brittany West had an RBI single in the second inning, after Brittany Pickett led off that inning with a single. Destiny DeBerry stole a base and scored as Pickett’s flex runner.

Kaitlin Lee (23-10) went the distance for Ole Miss, limiting Carolina to two runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Elantra Cox and Miranda Strother led the Rebels at the plate with three hits and two runs each, and Strother added two RBIs.

Baseball

Campbell: Senior Drew Butler has been named the Big South’s Player of the Week for games May 15-21. Capturing the league’s final player of the week nod of the 2017 season, Butler was 9-for-18 (.500) at the plate with eight RBIs in four games.

Mount Olive: The top-ranked Trojans (48-10) saw their 2016-17 season come to an end with a 6-5 loss to Catawba in the 2017 NCAA Division II Baseball Southeast Regional at Scarborough Field in Mount Olive. .

Men’s Tennis

UNC: The Tar Heels fought past the nation’s top-ranked team and a nearly five-hour rain delay Saturday to earn a spot in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament final four for the first time in program history. The Tar Heels defeated No. 1 Wake Forest (30-3) 4-2 in a match that spanned eight hours, finishing up just after the stroke of midnight on Sunday morning at the Dan Magill Tennis Center in Athens, Ga. With the win, the Tar Heels advance to face host Georgia on Monday in a semifinals matchup. The 13th-seeded Bulldogs upset No. 4 UCLA 4-2 in a match that also included the long delay. Earlier on Saturday No. 2 Virginia and No. 3 Ohio State advanced and will meet in the other semifinal. Both final four matches are set for noon on Monday. The Heels are now 28-4, tying the program record for wins in a season, which was set last spring.

Women’s Tennis

UNC: Stanford, the defending national champion, outlasted the No. 2 seed Tar Heels in an NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships quarterfinal match that took over four hours to complete on Sunday at the University of Georgia. Stanford, the No. 7 seed, won the always critical doubles point, and picked up three singles wins to garner the 4-2 win over the Tar Heels, who finish the 2017 season 33-3, setting a new program standard for wins in a dual-match campaign.

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