OMAHA, Neb. — 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 10-6 in the College World Series on Tuesday night.
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.
The first homer came off the Cincinnati Reds' No. 1 draft pick Mike Leake, who got a no-decision. The Arizona State right-hander gave up eight hits and six runs — five earned — while striking out five over 31⁄3 innings. All of those runs came in the fourth after Leake held Texas scoreless through the first three innings.
No. 1-seeded Texas (48-14-1) is 2-0 in the CWS and has advanced to the Bracket 2 finals on Friday.
North Carolina 11, Southern Mississippi 4: When it comes to naming the greatest hitters in College World Series history, the conversation now must include Dustin Ackley.
His numbers certainly back up the argument.
Ackley went 5-for-6 on Tuesday and became the CWS's career hits leader in North Carolina's victory over Southern Mississippi.
"I think everybody saw today what everybody on our team and myself have seen the last three years with Dustin Ackley," Carolina Coach Mike Fox said. "It was an unbelievable performance, and we've seen that before from him day in and day out. He's one sensational player, and I'm glad the nation got to see a little bit of that today. We needed it."
Ackley has 27 hits in 14 CWS games. The No. 2 overall draft pick by the Mariners, in his bid to become the second player to have six hits in a CWS game, flew out to left in the ninth inning.
The Tar Heels (48-17), who will play Thursday against Arizona State, eliminated the Golden Eagles (40-26) and sent Southern Mississippi Coach Corky Palmer into retirement.
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.
"Magical season," Palmer said. "You can't ask for any more than what we've done the last three weeks. I was glad to be a part of it, and I'm real happy these guys let me work a little longer."