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Question: How will Skye Bolt return from his broken foot?
The Tar Heels are the most complete team in the country. They rank third in the nation in ERA (2.28), fourth in slugging percentage (.476), second in on-base percentage (.424) and first in runs per game (8.8). They have experience in their rotation, depth in the bullpen, flexibility in their lineup. They don’t need anything.
But Bolt, a freshman outfielder and switch-hitter, was one of UNC’s best hitters before fouling a ball off his right foot on April 12 and breaking a bone. In 34 games, he hit .392/.509/.648 with six homers and 28 walks compared to 12 strikeouts. He’s 6 feet, 2 inches of lighting at the plate.
North Carolina is a team folks are not sleeping on in the Coastal this year, thanks to immediate results in Year 1 under Larry Fedora.
But there certainly are some questions that have to be addressed on offense, with players like Giovani Bernard, Jonathan Cooper and Brennan Williams gone. I had a chance to check in with North Carolina offensive coordinator Blake Anderson to see how his offense has progressed in filling those spots and addressing other key areas. Here is a little of what he had to say.
North Carolina and South Carolina will open the 2015 season in Charlotte, N.C., at Bank of America Stadium, the Charlotte Sports Foundation announced on Thursday.
The matchup — scheduled for Sept. 5 in the home of the Carolina Panthers — was previously reported by the Charlotte Observer and made official in a press conference with the athletic directors from both schools.
South Carolina will be the home team, a decision made by way of a coin toss. The hope, according to the event organizers, is that both teams will meet again in Charlotte by 2019 with North Carolina as the home team.