OMAHA, JUNE 5 -- Troy Paulsen drove in three runs to help keep top-seeded Stanford alive with a 6-1 victory over Mississippi State, and Louisiana State broke out of a batting slump with two three-run innings as the Tigers eliminated The Citadel, also by 6-1, in the College World Series today.
Stanford (58-11) will face Georgia (50-18), already a 16-2 winner over the Cardinal, on Wednesday. Stanford must win to force a second semifinal on Friday. A victory by Georgia would put the Bulldogs in Saturday's championship game.
Mississippi State (50-21) became the first of the three Southeastern Conference schools in the Series to be eliminated. Georgia and Louisiana State are the others.
LSU (54-18) advanced to Thursday's semifinal against third-seeded Oklahoma State (55-16). An LSU victory would force a second semifinal Friday. An Oklahoma State win would put the Cowboys in the title game.
Stanford broke open a 2-1 game with three runs in the seventh inning off Mississippi State starter Bobby Reed.
LSU, which entered the Seies with the highest team batting average (.331) but had only two hits off Oklahoma State in Monday's 7-1 loss didn't get a hit against The Citadel starter Billy Baker (8-3) until the fourth. Then the Tigers broke out with four hits and three runs in the fifth. Tim Clark hit a two-run homer to cap a three-run eighth.