Ackley sets hits record in win

Associated Press

Dustin Ackley went five for six and became the College World Series career hits leader, and North Carolina tied a College World Series record with 23 hits in an 11-4 victory over Southern Mississippi on Tuesday at Omaha.

The Tar Heels (48-17) eliminated the Golden Eagles (40-26) and sent Southern Mississippi Coach Corky Palmer into retirement.

Ackley has 27 hits in 14 College World Series 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, flied out to left in the ninth inning.

All but three of the Tar Heels' hits were singles. The last team to have 23 hits in a College World Series game was USC, which did it against Arizona State in 1998.

Ackley, who has hits in 21 consecutive NCAA tournament games since 2007, singled to left in the third inning to break the record of 24 hits by Stanford's Sam Fuld (2001-03).

The 55-year-old Palmer announced in April he would retire at the end of the season. He was 458-281 in 12 seasons at Southern Miss.

Texas 10, Arizona State 6 -- Cameron Rupp's second home run of the game broke a seventh-inning tie, and Texas overcame a six-run deficit to beat Arizona State.

Rupp drove Mitchell Lambson's first pitch of the seventh inning over the right-field wall to give the Longhorns the lead. He also hit a three-run homer to start Texas' comeback in the fourth.

No. 1-seeded Texas (48-14-1) is 2-0 in the College World Series and has advanced to the Bracket 2 final Friday.

The Longhorns need one more win to reach next week's best-of-three championship round.

Freshman Taylor Jungmann (10-3) picked up his second win in relief at the College World Series, holding Arizona State to two hits in 5 2/3 shutout innings. Lambson (9-4) took the loss.

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