Aaron Sabato is continuing to rake in the awards after one of the most impressive seasons in UNC baseball history.
Sabato, who won ACC Freshman of the Year honors, has been a key piece of the Tar Heel baseball team that is hosting a regional to open the NCAA Tournament beginning Friday.
He was named a member of the First-Team All-America squad by Collegiate Baseball on Thursday. Sabato was slotted as a designated hitter on the all-america team after a prolific year in the batter’s box for Carolina. In addition to the DH role, Sabato has also played first base for the Tar Heels.
The New York native is the first freshman since 2009 to hit more than 10 home runs in a season, according to the university. Sabato’s 14 home runs trails only Chad Flack’s 15 home runs during Flack’s freshman campaign in 2005.
Sabato led UNC’s 2019 team in batting average, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, total bases and slugging percentage.
He also hit for the cycle in the last series of the season against NC State in mid-May.