March 9, 2010
FULLERTON, CA - North Carolina's Danielle Spaulding and Amber Johnson combined on a no-hitter while three different players drove in two runs apiece to help lift the No. 23 Tar Heels to a 6-0 victory over host Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday night at Anderson Family Field.
The loss dropped the Titans to 3-17 overall on the season while UNC improved to 16-3 overall with the victory.
Spaulding pitched four innings of perfect softball before giving way to Johnson in the fifth and she took it from there, not allowing a base runner until Fullerton junior K.C. Craddick led off the seventh inning with a full-count walk. Johnson (9-2) then retired the side on a foul out, a strikeout, and a ground ball back to the circle to nail down the victory.
Junior Ari Cervantes (1-6) suffered the loss for the Titans, allowing four runs on five hits in six innings of work, but limited the Tar Heels to just two hits through the first five complete. Redshirt freshman Katey Laban pitched the seventh, allowing two runs on a pair of hits and striking out one.
UNC stranded runners in scoring position in the third and fifth innings before finally breaking through with a big sixth inning. A pair of walks to lead-off the frame set the stage for Spaulding, who lined a double past a diving Trina Harrison to score Christine Knauer and Dani Manko for the 2-0 lead.
The Titans almost escaped further damage when Constance Orr flied into a double play, but a double by Brittany Robinson and a two-run home run by Anna Roberts put the Tar Heels up, 4-0. Two more runs in the seventh on a pinch-hit double by Haleigh Dickey capped the scoring.
Meanwhile, Spaulding, Johnson, and North Carolina kept the Fullerton bats at bay all night as Spaulding retired nine batters via the strikeout - including seven straight at one point - and only one ball left the infield as Ariel Tsuchiyama's bid to break-up the no-hitter was foiled thanks to a diving catch on her line drive by Roberts in the sixth.
Knauer and Roberts each finished with two hits for the Tar Heels to lead all players on the night.
Cal State Fullerton hits the road this weekend for a quartet of games in the Bay Area beginning on Friday night (March 12) at 6 p.m. against Santa Clara in San Jose, Calif. The Titans then take on East Carolina and California on Saturday (March 13) in Berkeley, Calif., before closing out the weekend against Saint Mary's on Sunday (March 14).