Of all the places on the diamond where the North Carolina baseball team lost players from last year’s squad, the outfield took the hardest hit.
Two of the three players that logged the most innings in the Boshamer Stadium grass, Ben Bunting and Seth Baldwin, are no longer with the team.
The last man standing is junior Chaz Frank, who hit .278 in 230 at bats last spring.
This is the fourth story of a weeklong baseball preview series leading up to the Tar Heels’ season opener against Xavier on Friday.
“I’m going to be out there with a lot of young guys, and they’re going to look for me to lead out there,” Frank said. “And they were two good bats that we lost out there too in Ben and Seth. Hopefully, we’ll have some young guys step in.”
Offensively, Bunting and Baldwin combined for 79 runs and 67 RBI last season. In the field, Bunting was credited with just one error and Baldwin finished the season with a perfect fielding percentage.