Charlotte players look on at the action. Photo by Katelynn Pennington

Backed by a three-homerun performance, Carolina eased past the Charlotte 49ers softball team 5-1 Tuesday night. The Tar Heels (16-4) put on a show for their home audience, posting five hits. Charlotte (15-8) couldn’t get anything started offensively, only having two hits during the contest.

Haley Wiseman moved to 10-5 on the season after taking the loss on Tuesday. During her 4.1 innings the junior allowed five runs off of five hits and two strike outs. Alison Green came in for a strong relief, not allowing a single Tar Heel hit for the remaining 1.2 innings.

Charlotte had a positive start to the game, quickly going up 1-0 in the top of the 1st inning. Kiersten Berrier drew a lead-off walk and then advanced 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Spenser Gray. A single off the center field fence by third baseman Grace Beatty brought Berrier back to home, posting an early lead for the 49ers.

Carolina retaliated in the bottom of the first inning, posting three runs off of back-to-back homeruns. The third homer came from a first pitch bomb from Katelyn Shifflett in the fourth inning. The Tar Heels put the icing on the cake with a final run in the fifth inning.

The 49ers start off their conference campaign this weekend, traveling down to Louisiana Tech for a three-game series that begins Friday, March 10 at 6 p.m.

Kathleen Cook is the sports editor of the Niner Times and from Wake Forest, North Carolina. When the junior communication major/journalism minor isn't covering the 49ers, she enjoys spending time with her family, friend, and dog. Kathleen can also be found cheering on the Panthers every Sunday and rooting for the Washington Nationals.