June 21, 2008
A Hitting Machine
Ackley reaches base in all five plate
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. – He was on base every time.
(right, photo courtesy of UNC Media Relations) hits leadoff for North Carolina. He
reached base in all five plate appearances Friday against LSU as
the Tar Heels survived the elimination game against the Tigers.
Ackley had four of the nine hits for the Tar
Heels. He contributed to all three scoring innings for UNC. He
had a leadoff single and scored in a two-run first. His base hit
followed a leadoff walk to Ryan Graepel in the fifth, putting
him in scoring position for Tim Federowicz’s RBI groundout that
gave UNC a 3-1 lead.
After collecting four hits, he was intentionally
walked in the ninth after Ryan Graepel’s one-out double and
scored on Federowicz’s grand slam
Ackley matched his career high with four hits. It
was the ninth time he registered four hits in a game. Ackley is
now 7 for 14 (.500) in the College World Series. He raised his
season average to .413.
“I think you saw why we think Dustin Ackley is
the best player in America,” said UNC head coach Mike Fox. “He’s
got 230 hits in two years at North Carolina. Absolutely