North Carolina's Michael Busch (right) greets Aaron Sabato after his two-run homer Thursday against NC State (Aaron Fitt)


North Carolina’s Sabato Continues Torrid Streak With Cycle


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Aaron Sabato announced his presence with authority during North Carolina’s fall world series, smashing an opposite-field grand slam on a 3-2 pitch. After that October exhibition performance, UNC coach Mike Fox didn’t try to temper his excitement over Sabato’s potential.

“Oh my God, he can put on a show in BP like I’ve never seen, really like I’ve never seen from a righthanded freshman,” Fox said. “You just don’t get that kind of strength and that kind of body in here. We’ve had guys grow into it.”

But after Sabato hit for the cycle and drove in four of North Carolina’s five runs in a 5-3 win over NC State on Thursday night, it’s officially time to remove that “for a freshman” qualifier. Sabato is a beast, plain and simple — for a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior.

“He’s something special, I’ll tell you,” Fox said. “You don’t see many games like that, for one — pretty much single-handedly won the game for us offensively. He’s something else. You can say ‘for a freshman,’ but I’m not going to say that, so don’t quote me on that. He’s just a good player, good hitter.” …

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