May 18, 2012
2012 NCAA Division I Softball Championship
North Carolina-2, Georgia Southern 1 (8 innings)
UNC Head Coach Donna Papa
"We're very excited about the win, that's what you want to do when you come into a Regional Tournament. It helps you on your path through the tournament; it's really tough to go through the loser's bracket. It was a tight game going into extra innings but Lori [Spingola] did an excellent job on the mound and we got the win."
UNC Pitcher Lori Spingola
"It was definitely an awesome win for us, we battled the whole game. Our team is full of competitors and really, going into the seventh inning, I knew that we were going to win that game. It was great to win our first game because now we don't have to go through the loser's bracket and it's easier on my arm."
UNC Right fielder Jordan Scarboro
"It was a great first win and we did it as a team and gave it everything we have. Some balls were hit really hard that just weren't falling for us early, so we kept to the little things and kept fighting."
Georgia Southern Head Coach Annie Smith
"I thought it was a great game. It could have gone either way. I was really proud of the way we competed. We did a great job of playing aggressively, and I thought Sarah (Purvis) pitched a great game. We just needed to score a couple more runs. It was a tough one to lose."
Georgia Southern infielder Andrea Tarashuk
"Sarah threw a great game. Things could have gone either way for either team. We just have to come out tomorrow, score some more runs and come out with a win."