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Ackley Has Five Hits, Leads UNC
Past Southern Miss
By Phil Stanton
Neb. – The guy can flat-out hit.
Junior Dustin Ackley (right) went 5 for 6 to lead
a record-tying 23-hit attack as North Carolina eliminated
Southern Miss 11-4 in the College World Series in front of
19,799 fans at Rosenblatt Stadium.
The fourth-seeded Tar Heels (48-17) will face the
loser of the Texas-Arizona State game on Thursday evening at 6
p.m. CT in an elimination game. The Golden Eagles finished the
season with a 40-26 record in the final game for head coach
“We got contributions from everybody,” UNC head
coach Mike Fox said. “Adam Warren gave us a terrific start. I
think everybody saw today what everybody on our team and myself
have seen in the last three years of Dustin Ackley. Just an
unbelievable performance. We’ve seen that before from him day in
and day out. He’s one sensational player. I’m glad the nation
got to see a little bit of that.”
Ackley matched his career high for hits in a game
with four singles and a double and was one away from the CWS
record of six, set by Kris Bennett of Tennessee on June 11,
2001, against Georgia. Ackley did break the record for CWS
career hits. He now has 27, passing the mark of 24 set by Sam
Fuld of Stanford from 2001-03.
“It was just one of those days,” Ackley said.
“I’ve had days where I’ve hit a bunch of balls on the nose and
they get hit for outs. But today it seemed like a bunch of the
balls I would hit would find holes. It’s definitely exciting to
get that record but we needed to do more than that and get a win
today. It was special to get that but the win was even bigger
The Tar Heels became the fourth team to record 23
hits in the College World Series.
“Today was a tough day,” Southern Miss head coach
Corky Palmer said. “My worst fears came through. North Carolina
is a tremendous club. I was hoping I’d be wrong but I really
worried about our match-up, seven left-handed hitters in there.
We didn’t have an answer.”
Ackley had an RBI single in the first and a
run-scoring double in the second as the Tar Heels took a 2-0
UNC broke it open by scoring four in the third
with two outs. Ryan Graepel walked and Mike Cavasinni singled to
put runners on the corners. Seth Baldwin has an RBI single,
Bunting added a two-run base hit and Ackley had a run-scoring
single to make it 6-0.
Graepel added a two-run single with two outs in
fourth as the Tar Heels went up 8-0.
The Golden Eagles broke through in the bottom of
the frame as Corey Stevens drew a leadoff walk, Michael Ewing
got a one-out free pass, and B.A. Vollmuth belted his eighth
home run to make it 8-3.
Bunting and Ackley both singled and scored in the
seventh as UNC pushed its lead to 10-3.
Joey Archer had a double and scored on an error
in the eighth for USM to make it 10-4.
Ackley had a chance for a sixth hit in the ninth,
but had a flyout to left. Kyle Seager followed with his sixth
home run to complete the scoring.
“It seemed like every time I shaded the middle,
he would hit the four-hole.” USM second baseman James Ewing
said. “Every time I shaded the four-hole, he’d hit the middle,
and vice versa for our shortstop. The guy can just flat-out hit.
He hits the ball where it’s pitched. He’s got great hand-eye
coordination. You can’t strike him out. That was a show that he
put on for us today.”
Graepel finished with four hits, while Bunting
added three hits, three runs and two RBI.
Warren (10-2) pitched six innings for the Tar
Heels with three hits, three earned runs, five walks and six
(photo courtesy of UNC
Media Relations Office)