Ackley Claims ACC Weekly Honor

Rookie first baseman hit .667 last week.

Dustin Ackley was named ACC Player of the Week Monday.

Dustin Ackley was named ACC Player of the Week Monday.

March 19, 2007

GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina freshman first baseman Dustin Ackley was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week Monday after batting .667 over five games last week, including a 10-for-13 effort in the Tar Heels' series with No. 7 Virginia.

A freshman from Walnut Cove, N.C., Ackley was 14-for-21 with four runs scored and four RBI for the Tar Heels last week. He hit .769 Virginia series and at one point had 11 hits in 12 trips to the plate over a three-game span. After going 3-for-4 against UNC Greensboro last Wednesday, the first baseman posted back-to-back four-hit games against the Cavaliers. He also reached base in 12 consecutive official at-bats and posted a .652 on-base percentage for the week.

Ackley, who is riding a team-best 13-game hitting streak, currently owns the second-best batting average in the league (.481) and leads Carolina with 11 doubles, 27 RBI and a .704 slugging percentage. In six games in ACC play, Ackley is batting .640 (16-25) with six RBI.

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