College Baseball

UNC, Ackley Advance in College World Series

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 20:  The North Carolina bench congratulates Dustin Ackley #13 after his three-run homer in the seventh inning against the Rice Owls during the Tar Heels 6-1 win in Game 11 of the NCAA College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium on June 20, 2007 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IJune 16, 2009

The North Carlina Tar Heels pounded out 23 hits en route to an 11-4 clinching win over Southern Miss.

Five of those 23 came from Seattle Mariner's second overall draft pick, Dustin Ackley. The first basemen went 5-for-6 becoming the CWS career hits leader. Ackley has 27 hits in 14 CWS games.

 

He flied out in his sixth at-bat in a chance to be the second player ever to have six hits in a CWS game.

The number two overall pick in the first-year player draft has collected a hit in 21 consecutive NCAA tourney games since 2007. He broke Stanford's Sam Fuld's record of 24 in the third inning.

The Tar Heels tied a CWS record with 23 hits, all but three of those hits were base knocks. UNC registered a run in every inning except the fifth, sixth, and eighth.

UNC are 6-1 in elimination games.

North Carolina will move to play the winner of the Texas-Arizona State game tonight.

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