North Henderson graduate Zack Gahagan was in the starting lineup for the sixth-ranked college baseball team in the country on Saturday.
And judging from this past weekend, the true freshman could be an integral part of North Carolina’s plans moving forward.
Gahagan had his first college hit and two RBIs as the Tar Heels swept Seton Hall by 7-1, 10-4 and 9-5 scores. The former All-WNC infielder started at first base in Saturday’s first half of a doubleheader and was 1-for-4.
Gahagan is batting .200 with two RBIs for North Carolina (3-0) which is coached by Asheville native Mike Fox. The Tar Heels’ next game is Friday at home against UCLA.
Gahagan played three sports at North Henderson (baseball, basketball and football). He tore an anterior cruciate ligament in the fall of 2013 that wiped out nearly all of his senior season in baseball.
The Arizona Diamondbacks still selected Gahagan in the 40th round of June’s major league draft. He opted to play for UNC instead of going pro.