The ACC in the CWS

Posted by Andy Durham on June 17, 2009 at 9:52 am under College | Comments are off for this article

Tuesday, Jun 16
Baseball
North Carolina 11, Southern Miss 4
Omaha, Neb. (NCAA College World Series)
Recap:(Dustin Ackley was 5-6 for the Heels and set an NCAA mark for hits in the Series.)

OMAHA, Nebrasksa (AP) – When it comes to naming the greatest hitters in College World Series history, the conversation now must include Dustin Ackley. His numbers certainly back up the argument.

Ackley went 5 for 6 on Tuesday and became the CWS’ career hits leader in North Carolina’s 11-4 victory over Southern Mississippi.

The Tar Heels (48-17), who will play Thursday against the winner of Tuesday night’s Texas-Arizona State game, eliminated the Golden Eagles (40-26) and sent Southern Mississippi coach Corky Palmer into retirement.

Ackley has 27 hits in 14 CWS games. The No. 2 overall draft pick by the Seattle Mariners, in his bid to become the second player to have six hits in a CWS game, flew out to left in the ninth inning.

Ackley doubled and hit four singles to all parts of the field. It was the kind of performance put up in the 1990s by Cal State Fullerton’s Mark Kotsay, who batted a combined .517 in two CWS appearances and is widely considered the best pure hitter to play in the tournament.

The left handed-batting first baseman, who has hits in 21 consecutive NCAA tournament games since 2007, singled to left in the third inning to break the record of 24 career hits by Stanford’s Sam Fuld (2001-03).
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Wednesday, Jun 17
Baseball
Virginia vs. Arkansas
7:00 PM
Omaha, Neb. (NCAA College World Series)
TV: ESPN2

Thursday, Jun 18
Baseball
North Carolina vs. Arizona State
7:00 PM
Omaha, Neb. (NCAA College World Series)
TV: ESPN2


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