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).