Colin Moran hasn’t wasted any time making an impact on the University of North Carolina baseball team. The freshman earned National and Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week honors in late March, after leading the Tar Heels to five wins in seven days.
Moran, who leads the ACC with 35 RBIs, hit .529 with four home runs and 13 RBIs during the five-game stretch. The Iona Prep grad began the torrid streak with a career-best performance in a 14-2 victory over UNC Wilmington. The corner infielder went 3-for-4 with six RBIs, blasting a two-run homer and a triple in the resounding win. He followed that up with another two-run dinger against High Point, and then powered a game-winning homer over the fence against rival Duke. In a second meeting with the Blue Devils, Moran placed an exclamation point at the end of his memorable week by launching a game-tying, three-run blast with one out in the bottom of the ninth. He also had two doubles, two runs, and three RBIs in the second win versus Duke.
In addition to his gaudy batting average, RBI, and home run totals, Moran slugged an astounding 1.471, drew five walks, including two intentional free passes, and recorded an on base percentage of .636.
Moran is the fourth member of his family to play baseball for the Tar Heels. His uncles, former MLB pros B.J. and Rich Surhoff, wore Carolina blue, as did his older brother, Brian, who is currently in the Seattle Mariners’ minor league system.