Former North Carolina Tar Heel Dustin Ackley will be one of four inducted into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame. The event will take place July 3rd in Omaha, Neb.
Ackley joins Steve Arlin (Ohio State), Mark Kotsay (Cal State Fullerton) and Will Clark (Mississippi State) as the second class ever inducted. The broadcast will be featured on ESPN during the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby, beginning at 7:30 p.m. CDT. The Hall of Fame inductions were established in 2013 to celebrate the games history in Omaha.
Here is the full report on Ackley via GoHeels.com.
One of the best hitters in Atlantic Coast Conference history, Dustin Ackley holds the College World Series career record with 28 hits and the sweet-swinging lefthander tallied a .412 batting average (28-for-68) in his career in Omaha. The first player ever to be named to the CWS All-Tournament Team on three occasions, Ackley was the first three-time All-American in University of North Carolina history. A first baseman for the Tar Heels from 2007-09, Ackley, who helped UNC to College World Series appearances in 2007, 2008 and 2009, including a runner-up finish in 2007, closed out his collegiate career as the school’s all-time leader in batting average (.412), hits (346), runs (227) and total bases (544). In 2010, he was selected to the College World Series Legends Team. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, Ackley is currently a starting outfielder for the Seattle Mariners.
Last years class included Augie Garrido (Texas), Brooks Kieschnick (Texas), Robin Ventura (Oklahoma State), Rod Dedaux (USC), Dave Winfiled (Minnesota) and Bob Horner (Arizona State)