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Georgia moving on to College World Series

Gordon Beckham homered twice and Georgia scored nine first-inning runs in a 17-8 victory Sunday over North Carolina State that gave the Bulldogs a College World Series berth for the third time in five years.

Georgia, which has won six of seven, improved to 16-0 in NCAA elimination games at Foley Field.

N.C. State was trying to advance to the College World Series for the second time in school history and the first since 1968.

Beckham's 26th homer marked the sixth time this season that he's hit two. The No. 8 overall draft pick by the Chicago White Sox and the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, Beckham finished 3-for-4 with four RBI.

LSU 9, UC Irvine 7: LSU scored five runs in the ninth inning, including Sean Ochinko's go-ahead single, as the Tigers rallied to stave off elimination in their Super Regional series against UC Irvine. The deciding third game at LSU's Alex Box Stadium is Monday night.

Trailing 7-4, LSU (47-17-1) loaded the bases with no outs when Jared Mitchell, who homered in the eighth, walked to force in a run. Pinch hitter Nicholas Pontiff drove in a run on a fielder's choice, Blake Dean hit an RBI single to tie it and Ochinko followed with a chopper over the third baseman's head to drive in the go-ahead run.

North Carolina 14, Coastal Carolina 4: Adam Warren threw six innings of two-hit ball, Dustin Ackley drove in three runs and North Carolina beat Coastal Carolina to reach the College World Series for the third straight year.

■ Florida State, Miami and Rice also advanced to the College World Series with wins Sunday.

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