Junior Brian Holberton of the top-seeded North Carolina baseball team has been a utility man for the Tar Heels all year long. While he’s started in left field most of the season, he’s no stranger to playing behind home plate as the Tar Heel’s catcher.
In recent weeks the Tar Heels have made a habit of starting Holberton in left field and moving him to catcher late in the games to give junior Parks Jordan at-bats late in games.
By taking out the usual starting catcher Matt Roberts, who is batting .196 on the year, and replacing him with Jordan, who has a .267 average, the Tar Heels drastically improve their team batting average.
But since Roberts is better defensively behind the plate, the Tar Heels are constantly trying to find the perfect mix of offense and defense depending on the team they’re facing.
In UNC’s NCAA regional matchup with Towson, that meant starting Holberton at catcher and giving Jordan the start in left field.