SOFTBALL: Tar Heels stumble in ACC semifinals
CHAPEL HILL — Jasmine Harrell held the ACC’s top-scoring offense to one unearned run and four hits as fourth-seeded Virginia Tech upset No. 1 North Carolina 4-1 in an ACC Softball Tournament semifinal Friday.
“I was confident that our bats would come alive because that’s one of the things we’ve relied on, but we just didn’t get it done today,” UNC coach Donna J. Papa said. “Virginia Tech outplayed us and they beat us.”
Kelsey Mericka drove an RBI single through the left side in the top of the first inning. Amber Parrish evened the score at 1-1 with an RBI single to left field in the bottom of the second inning, but the Hokies (40-18) scored two runs in the third to go back ahead, and Mericka had an RBI double in the fifth to make it 4-1.
UNC (41-13) loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, but Harrell struck out Jordan Scarboro and Lauren Walker to end the threat. ACC pitcher of the year Lori Spingola (31-10) gave up three earned runs on seven hits.
UNC’s loss marks the eighth straight year that the event host has failed to win the ACC Championship. The Hokies will face three-seeded Georgia Tech in the title game today at 4 p.m. at Anderson Stadium. The game will air on ESPN.
Hope Rush had a no-hitter through five innings and wound up giving up just one hit as Georgia Tech defeated No. 2 Florida State 9-1 in the first semifinal.
One Direction are taking advantage of age gaps while they are young and insist they won’t date any women over 23 or 24 years old.
The One Direction boys have set themselves a dating age limit.
Louis Tomlinson, 20, believes there is plenty of time for he and his bandmates – Liam Payne, 18, Niall Horan, 18, Zayn Malik, 19, and 18-year-old Harry Styles, who recently dated 32-year-old TV presenter Caroline Flack – to romance older women, but they have ruled out anyone over 23 or 24 for now.
He is quoted by the Daily Mirror newspaper as saying: “We’re young lads, and you can date older women when you’re older.
“But when you’re older, you can’t really get away with dating 18 or 19 year olds.
“We have been asked that before, I think it was around the time of Harry’s little fling. In particular, how old’s too old? For me, probably 23 or 24.”
While Louis and Liam – who are dating student Eleanor Calder and dancer Danielle Peazer respectively – are enjoying their ever-increasing fame, the pair are determined not to give up their girlfriends as a result.
A friend recently said: “There’s been a lot of talk about the 1D boys being banned from having girlfriends. It’s better as it makes them seem more attainable – particularly with their new army of female fans in the US.
“But there’s absolutely no way Liam and Louis will give up Danielle and Eleanor. They don’t see why their personal lives should suffer.”