Turner's Take: Their Time
Believe it or not, it's been 11 years since "Chad Flack just sent Carolina to Omaha." Ten years since a freshman class that included Dustin Ackley, Kyle Seager and Alex White sent them back. Eight years since the White-Warren-Harvey weekend rotation. Four years since Brian Holberton and the Tar Heels slid around Brett Austin and NC State in Omaha.
Despite hitting for cycle, Brian Holberton's focus remains on growth
As notable as hitting for the cycle last week was to Brian Holberton, it’s the growth in his game that is making this a memorable season for the Quad-Cities catcher. A ninth-round selection of the Astros in the 2013 draft from North Carolina, Holberton finds himself still adjusting to working behind the plate as he works his way through his second professional season.
Brian Holberton hits for cycle on 5-for-5 day
Sliding into third base, Brian Holberton was all smiles as he completed Class A Quad Cities' first cycle in nine years and the fifth in the Minor Leagues this season. Holberton finished 5-for-5 with five RBIs and two runs scored in the River Bandits' 10-3 rout of Kane County at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. "If you hit for the cycle, it has to be a pretty good day," Holberton said.
Former Tar Heels reunited at Houston Astros’ training camp
Another benefit of Kent Emanuel's three years with the Tar Heels, he said, was the relationships he developed with his teammates, some of who have moved on to the pros at the same time as Emanuel. One is even a member of the Houston Astros organization. “You have someone to share the process with. Holby (Brian Holberton) and I are roommates here so it makes it that much better.”
Brian Holberton’s versatility could take him far
Versatility seems to be the name of the game for Houston Astros minor league catcher Brian Holberton. Whether it is between his academic career and baseball, to what position Holberton takes when he hits the field, it seems the 21 year-old backstop from Cornelius, North Carolina will have a bright future wherever it may take him.
UNC Baseball's Talent Drain
All four UNC juniors who were taken in the recent MLB draft have decided not to come back to school – ACC player of the year Colin Moran, ACC pitcher of the year Kent Emanuel, cleanup hitter Brian Holberton and Sunday starter Hobbs Johnson. They will be joined in the professional ranks by three seniors – leadoff hitter Chaz Frank, midweek starter Chris Munnelly and first baseman Cody Stubbs.
Astros sign 9th-round pick Brian Holberton
The Astros have signed ninth-round pick Brian Holberton, a catcher from the University of North Carolina. Holberton’s mother, Tobie, told MLB.com on Friday her son signed with Houston on Thursday night in Charlotte, N.C. He will take a physical in the next few days before reporting to rookie-league Tri-City next week.
Nine seconds swung Carolina's CWS hopes
When Brian Holberton leaned just enough to the right side of the plate, pulled his left arm back and out of the reach of the Wolfpack catcher and juuust managed to swipe his right hand across home plate ahead of Austin's tag, the home plate umpire, Joe Burleson, signaled "safe," and North Carolina had the only run they were going to need to see a third straight elimination game Friday night.
Video: UNC-NC State CWS Post-Game Press Conference
Brian Holberton, Hobbs Johnson, Michael Russell, Colin Moran, and Head Coach Mike Fox talk to the media following North Carolina's 7-0 victory over NC State in Omaha.
Four weeks ago, Brian Holberton was mired in a batting slump. Now, the junior catcher/outfielder is leading North Carolina’s offensive charge through the postseason. Holberton is batting .381 with 17 RBIs in 13 postseason games, including a 0-7 effort in the 18-inning ACC Tournament contest against N.C. State. The Charlotte, N.C. product has nine multi-hit games during that stretch.
Holbie Blast Rare Omaha Sight In 2013
Much digital ink has been spilled debating the merits of TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, the 3-year-old home of the College World Series. Brian Holberton's first-inning home run there Tuesday was the 21st in CWS play at the venue and the first hit out to right-center. The dimensions make the park more pitcher-friendly than Rosenblatt Stadium.
Trent Thornton pitches UNC past Tigers
The Tar Heels beat LSU 4-2, keeping their season alive and not changing their record of being the only team in the nation to not suffer back-to-back loses all season. "It goes to show the whole team doesn't want to give up," Brian Holberton said. "We've done it all year, with our backs against the wall. We're a team that just doesn't want to lose."
Backs to the wall, Tar Heels come through yet again
No. 1 UNC bounced back from Sunday’s pounding by rival N.C. State with a 4-2 win over No. 4 LSU Tuesday to stay alive in the College World Series. The Tar Heels remained the only team in the country without a losing streak and have outscored opponents 85-30 in 11 games following a loss. ”We’ve done it all year, with our backs against the wall, just come out fighting,” Brian Holberton said.
Tar Heels Tame Tigers, 4-2
Home runs are few and far between at the College World Series these days, which made Brian Holberton's first-inning shot all the more important for North Carolina. Holberton staked freshman starter Trent Thornton to a two-run lead before he even took the mound Tuesday, and No. 1 national seed Carolina went on to beat LSU 4-2 in an elimination game.
North Carolina ousts Tigers from CWS with 4-2 win
Brian Holberton homered, Trent Thornton pitched a strong seven innings and No. 1 national seed North Carolina extended its stay at the College World Series with a 4-2 victory over LSU on Tuesday. The Tar Heels (58-11) play North Carolina State or UCLA in an elimination game Thursday. The No. 4-seeded Tigers (57-11) went 0-2 in their first CWS appearance since winning the 2009 national title.