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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The Virginia softball team (13-31, 4-11 ACC) was swept by No. 15 North Carolina (40-8-1, 13-1 ACC) Sunday after the Tar Heels defeated UVa 7-1 in the final game of the series at The Park. Cavalier shortstop Carly Winger scored the only run off the only hit for Virginia, a solo shot to left in the second inning.

The Tar Heels, who currently top the Atlantic Coast Conference standings, scored their seven runs on 12 hits. UNC pitcher Danielle Spaulding (12-2) threw the complete game with 14 strikeouts and just one walk. Spaulding helped her case hitting her eighth home run of the year in the top of the seventh.

UVa’s Karla Wilburn took the loss in the circle, allowing three runs on four hits. Whitney Holstun came on in relief and gave up four runs on eight hits. Wilburn tallied two strikeouts and Holstun one.

UNC got on the board first with three runs in the top of the second. Back-to-back walks and an illegal pitch moved the runners to second and third. With two outs, Breanna Brown doubled down the left field line to score two; Brown then came across home plate on a RBI single to center by Cassie Palmer.

Winger’s homer in the bottom of the second cut the lead to 3-1 but the Tar Heels added another run in the fourth and put up three more in the seventh. Brown was 3-for-5 at the plate on the date with 2 RBI while Palmer went 3-for-3 and also contributed two RBI.

Virginia returns to action Saturday with a conference doubleheader at Maryland.

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