OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Dustin Ackley went 5 for 6 and became the College World Series' career hits leader, and North Carolina tied a CWS single-game record with 23 hits in an 11-4 victory over Southern Mississippi on Tuesday.
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 coach Corky Palmer into retirement.
Ackley has 27 hits in 14 CWS games. The No. 2 overall draft pick by the Seattle Mariners, bidding to become the second player to have six hits in a CWS game, flew out in his final at-bat.
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