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May 27, 1997

At Baton Rouge, La., LSU scored 11 runs in the fourth inning en route to a 15-4 victory over South Alabama on Monday, completing a two-game sweep of the Jaguars and getting a chance to defend its national title in the College World Series.

After beating South Alabama 14-4 earlier Monday in the South I Regional tournament, the Tigers (53-13) broke out for 11 runs on 11 hits in the fourth, highlighted by two-run homers from Mike Koerner and Danny Higgins.

South Alabama (43-19), which beat LSU earlier in the double-elimination tournament, has now been knocked out a CWS berth three times by the Tigers.

Joey Painich (9-2) was the winner. Stephen Sparks (11-1) took the loss.

In the first game, Koerner and Wes Davis each hit three-run homers to power the Tigers, who have 178 homers this season.

Mideast Regional

Mississippi State 4, Washington 3 (title game)

At Starkville, Miss., Eric DuBose pitched his second complete game in four days as Mississippi State beat Washington 4-3 Monday to win the Mideast Regional and advance to the College World Series for the first time since 1990.

The Huskies, shooting for their first CWS berth, made it close in the ninth when Chris Magruder led off with a homer to cut the lead to one run. But DuBose (9-3) struck out the next two batters and got cleanup hitter Ryan Soules on a fly ball to end the game.

The Bulldogs (46-19) broke a 2-all tie on Barry Patton’s two-run single in the eighth.

The eight-team field for the College World Series, which opens Friday in Omaha, Neb., includes four teams from the Southeastern Conference: LSU, Mississippi State, Alabama and Auburn. The others are Miami, Rice, Stanford and UCLA.

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