He’s been to Omaha, Neb. Twice. He’s missed out on Omaha, too. He’s been with the North Carolina baseball team for four years — through exhilirating College World Series runs and heartbreakers.
But the Tar Heels have never needed Tom Zengel more than they’ve needed him this year.
UNC (15-12, 5-7 ACC ) is approaching dangerous territory. The Tar Heels have lost six consecutive games — including their first weekend sweep against Duke since 1994 . And in an offense that has sputtered at times like a faulty engine, Zengel has served as one of its few sparkplugs, moving into the middle of the UNC order.
“His bat has really been probably the only consistent bat throughout the year,” said junior shortstop Michael Russell . “And now he’s been in the lineup every day, so he’s really been carrying us offensively. A lot of big hits.”