Tigers are looking for 3rd-straight titleBrad Cresse homered twice in a 10-run fourth inning as two-time defending national champion LSU earned a return trip to the College World Series with a 14-3 victory over Cal State Fullerton in the NCAA South II Regional.
The Tigers (46-17) will play in the CWS for the 10th time in the last 13 years. Cal State Fullerton ended its season at 47-17.Cresse finished with seven RBIs, including a two-run homer and a grand slam in the fourth inning. His other RBI came on a bases-loaded walk in the fifth.
LSU set an NCAA tournament record with five homers in the fourth. Clint Earnhart, Wes Davis and Danny Higgins also homered in the inning.
Doug Thompson (11-3) earned his second victory of the tournament for LSU, scattering seven hits and allowing two unearned runs in eight innings. Fullerton starter Craig Jacobs (4-4) gave up eight runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.
FLORIDA ST. 16, AUBURN 10: Matt Diaz went 4-for-6 and drove in six runs as Florida State won the regional title to gain a berth in the College World Series.
The top-seeded Seminoles (53-18), who took a 13-0 lead after three innings, advanced to the CWS for the 16th time and avenged last year's regional final loss to Auburn (46-18).
Diaz hit .750 with seven homers and 19 RBIs in the four regional games. Florida State scored 76 runs in the regional, setting a record with 19 per game.
S. ALABAMA 6, VCU 0: Mike Fischer pitched a four-hitter as South Alabama defeated Virginia Commonwealth to reach the regional final.
Fischer (11-1), who also beat VCU earlier in the regional, struck out seven and walked two as the Jaguars moved into final against Southern California.
Juan Pierre had a two-run single, and Eben Wells hit a solo homer for South Alabama.
ILLINOIS 13, WAKE FOREST 4: Craig Marquie hit a three-run homer during a seven-run first inning as Illinois advanced to the regional final against Florida.
The Illini sent 11 batters to the plate in the first, staking starter Jason Anderson to a comfortable lead he never relinquished.
Anderson (6-0) pitched a complete game, allowing nine hits and four runs. Danny Borrell (3-3) took the loss for Wake Forest.
TEXAS A&M 6, WASHINGTON 4: Chad Hudson hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning as Texas A&M reached the regional final against Mississippi State.
After Hudson's homer broke a 4-4 tie, Jason Tyner tripled home another run for A&M. Reliever Eric French (3-1) pitched 2 2-3 scoreless innings for the victory.
NO. CAROLINA 4, SO. CAROLINA 2: Brian Roberts' two-run homer in the seventh inning sent North Carolina to the championship game against Miami.
South Carolina took a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run homer by Derick Urquhart, but North Carolina got a run on Tyrell Godwin's RBI double in the sixth and tied it when Jay Madeira scored on a passed ball in the seventh.
Chris LaMarsh then singled and scored on Roberts' 13th homer of the season.
LONG BEACH ST. 10, N.C. ST. 6: Terrmel Sledge had four hits, including a two-run homer, as Long Beach State set up a title game against Alabama.
Sledge drove in three runs and scored three times for the 49ers (40-21-1). His homer in the eighth inning triggered a four-run rally that gave Long Beach a 10-5 lead.
North Carolina State finished its season 41-23.