College World Series Schedule and Game Stories
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College World Series - Game 7
By Phil Stanton
North Carolina tied a College World Series record
with 23 hits against Southern Miss. That total was last hit by
USC against Arizona State on June 6, 1998. ASU also had 23 hits
against Oklahoma State on June 5, 1984, and against Wichita
State on June 10, 1988.
Senior Garrett Gore of UNC tied a CWS record by
playing in his 20th game in Omaha. He matched the mark set by
Daryl Arenstein of USC from 1970-73.
Tar Heel Dustin Ackley became the 16th player to
record five hits in a CWS game. The last was David Cooper of Cal
State Fullerton, who went 5 for 5 against Clemson on June 20,
It was Ackley’s second five-hit game. His first
came earlier this season on Feb. 22 against VMI.
Ackley has hit safely in all 14 of his CWS games,
believed to be a record. He is batting .429 (27 for 63) in
Omaha, which currently ranks ninth. Ackley is hitting .576 (19
for 33) in the 2009 NCAA Tournament with two homers and 12 RBI
and is 7 for 11 in Omaha.
Ackley has 110 hits this season, one behind
national leader Braeden Riley of Sam Houston State.
Mike Fox earned his 500th win at North Carolina.
His career total is 1,040.
Southern Miss head coach Corky Palmer, who
announced his retirement earlier this season, finished his
career with 458 wins with the Golden Eagles and 960 overall. USM
won its first Super Regional and made its first trip to the
College World Series.
“It was a magical season,” Palmer said. “Our kids
played great. I can’t ask any more of what we’ve done the last
three weeks. It’s great for our baseball program, for our
university and our community. I’m proud to be a part of it, real
happy these guys let me work a little longer.”
Senior shortstop Brian Dozier had his season
shortened with a broken clavicle on April 14. The former
All-American had two plate appearances in the College World
Series. He reached on catcher’s interference on Sunday against
Texas and reached on an error against UNC.
“It’s very special for me,” Dozier said. “I
didn’t really think I’d play college ball again. These guys
pushed through the last half of the season, these past three
weeks. It’s really special for me. To get my last at-bat, it
really caps it off, just getting on base by an error. It’s been
overwhelming for me. To end my career like this is phenomenal.”
The Golden Eagles turned two double plays to
raise their total to 83, the top mark in the country.