The native of Chattanooga, Tenn., allowed a two-out walk in the first inning and the leadoff batter for UNC in the second inning reached on an error before Henderson retired the next 12 batters she faced to clinch the no-hitter.
All four of
“It feels good,”
It is the first no-hitter for a
All nine no-hitters have come in the tenure of sixth-year head coach Rachel Lawson.
The start in the circle was the second of the season for Henderson, who is now 2-0 with a 0.00 earned-run average. The rookie hurler has thrown 10 innings on the year, striking out 12 batters and only allowing one hit.
Her previous start was a five-inning win against Howard in the Coke Zero Spartan Classic, where she took a no-hitter into the final inning before giving up a single with two outs.
“She has been getting a lot better and taking advantage of the time she has had in the bullpen and she came out ready today,” Joiner said about her battery mate. “She showed us how much better she has got. That was an impressive start for her, especially being the first time to start on our home field.”
Believe it or not, the Wildcats might have been more impressive at the plate in the game than
After posting strong offensive showings in the final two games of the Ole Miss series,
The 18 runs and four homers tie the most runs scored in a game in school history, while
Joiner was the leader of the pack Tuesday, posting a 4-for-4 night with career highs in home runs with two, runs scored with four and RBI with six.
Joiner’s two homers in a single game marks only the 19th time in school history a player has accomplished that feat and the first since Samantha DeMartine had two roundtrippers against South Carolina on April 23, 2011.
The native of
Joiner’s four runs scored ties the school record for most runs scored in a game, becoming the first player since 2008 to earn that honor.
For the season, Joiner is hitting .361 (22-for-61) leading the team in doubles with seven, home runs with six and RBI with 24.
“It is always good to have a midweek game because you can find yourself and get some momentum into the weekend,” Joiner said about her night at the plate. “I think that our entire team did that tonight and hopefully we can keep it rolling this weekend.”
Every starter recorded a hit for the Wildcats in the game while Joiner, Cumbess and freshmen Maisie Steed and Nikki Sagermann recorded multi-hit games. Cumbess blasted her third homer of the season in a 2-for-2 night with three runs scored and a RBI, while Steed went a season-best 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Sagermann was 2-for-3 with two RBI, while freshman Christian Stokes was 1-for-3 with a grand slam in the first inning.
Stokes, who was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday, has now hit safely in four consecutive games, becoming the first player since Megan Yocke in 2011 to hit a grand slam for
Freshman infielder Ansley Smith entered the game in the third inning and collected her first collegiate hit with an RBI, while senior Kara Dill was 1-for-1 with a run scored and senior Alice O’Brien was 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Junior Ginny Carroll had a hit and two RBI, while freshman outfielder Sylver Samuel was 1-for-2 with a run scored.
The win over the top-25 ranked Tar Heels was
Before the game Tuesday, the Wildcats fell two spots in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 to No. 17, while holding its No. 17 ranking in the
The Wildcats started the scoring with 12 runs on 10 hits in the opening frame – believed to be the most runs ever scored in a single inning in school history. After Steed struck out to start the game, Dill singled to the pitcher, advancing to second on a throwing error before coming home to score on the single up the middle by Joiner, who advanced to second on the late throw home. Cumbess then put runners on second and third with a single while O’Brien singled to leftfield to score Joiner and advance Cumbess to second. Sagermann kept the hitting parade alive with a single to right-centefield, loading the bases for Carroll, who would walk to score a run. Junior Emily Gaines then pinch hit for Samuel, getting hit by a pitch to bring home another run before Samuel reentered the game to run for Gaines. That set the stage for Stokes, who crushed a 3-2 pitch over the wall in centerfield, clearing the bases for her second homer of the season.
The Stokes homer rolled the lineup over with just one out with Steed getting another rally started with a double to left-centerfield. Dill then laid down a sacrifice bunt, advancing Steed to third before Joiner singled to leftfield, scoring Steed. After Cumbess walked, UNC made its second pitching change of the inning, bringing in Sara Buchholz, who got O’Brien to strike out swinging but reached first safely on a pass ball, loading the bases. Sagermann then singled for the second time in the inning, bringing home the 10th and 11th runs. Carroll ended the scoring with a RBI single to score O’Brien, giving
The final three runs of the game came in the fourth inning when Steed singled to start the frame before stealing second base. Smith then singled to leftfield to bring home Steed before Joiner hit her second bomb of the game to give
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