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Louisville overpowers Mississippi St.

OMAHA -- Chris Dominguez hit two of Louisville's four home runs, Justin Marks allowed two singles before taking a hard shot to his left leg in the sixth inning, and the Cardinals eliminated Mississippi State from the College World Series with a 12-4 victory yesterday.

Louisville's powerful offense kept the Cardinals (47-23) alive in their first CWS appearance. They play tomorrow against North Carolina, a 14-4 loser to Rice last night.

Mississippi State (38-22) went two games and out for the first time in seven CWS appearances since the 1971 Bulldogs went winless here.

The Cardinals found themselves fighting for survival after squandering leads of 5-0 and 10-4 in Friday's 15-10 loss to Rice.

Yesterday, the Cards broke out to an 8-0 lead, and they didn't fold this time. After Mississippi State scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth, Louisville came back with three in the seventh, highlighted by Dominguez's two-run shot to left.

Rice 14, North Carolina 4 -- The Owls took command with a six-run second inning and Joe Savery pitched six-plus solid innings to defeat the Tar Heels.

Rice (56-12) is the lone unbeaten team in Bracket 1.

North Carolina (54-14) used a CWS-record eight pitchers.

Each of Rice's starting position players had at least one hit.