OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Florida State's Ryan Barthelemy already is in pretty good company atop the College World Series home run list.
But there's a more special group he'd like to join -- those with a national championship.
It still could happen. Barthelemy tied former Seminoles star J.D. Drew with five CWS home runs Monday night and Mike Ziegler pitched a five-hitter as Florida State staved off elimination with a 6-2 victory over Texas.
''Mike Ziegler was the driving force for Florida State,'' Texas coach Augie Garrido said. ''He didn't walk anybody, he didn't hit anybody and they didn't make any errors for a while. That takes a lot of our game away right there. They were able to dominate because they played very well.''
The Seminoles (52-18) face Southern California tonight in another elimination game. Right-handed Jon McDonald will start for Florida State, and the Seminoles can only hope for a performance similar to Ziegler's.
''It was the Mike Ziegler show,'' FSU coach Mike Martin said. ''It was a tremendous display of pitching.''
Ziegler (10-4) retired 15 of the final 17 batters. He had sat down 13 consecutive Texas hitters before Matt Rosenberg singled with one out in the ninth. Two batters later, Tommy Nicholson doubled, scoring Rosenberg.
Nicholson had two hits for the Longhorns (46-21).
''He was just ahead of us all night and kept us off-balance enough to make us not effective,'' Nicholson said.
Ziegler struck out five without a walk.
''This is what college baseball is all about, winning at the College World Series,'' said Ziegler, a junior college transfer from Tallahassee Community College.
He was drafted in the 14th round by Oakland. Now, Martin is looking for a way to keep him at Florida State.
''I've offered him my car, but he thinks he can get more,'' Martin joked. ''This is probably his last year at Florida State.''
Barthelemy, who went 4-for-4 with two homers and three RBIs in the Seminoles' opening loss to Southern California, made it 6-1 in the eighth with a two-run homer, his 13th of the season and fifth at Rosenblatt Stadium.
''It's just great to be mentioned in the same sentence as him,'' Barthelemy said of tying Drew's mark.
LSU 10, Southern California 4
Louisiana State's Brad Cresse, the Tigers' leading hitter, is 0-for-6 with five strikeouts. LSU hasn't really missed him. Brad Hawpe hasn't let them.
Hawpe, who hits cleanup behind Cresse, had two three-run homers as LSU snapped the Trojans' 16-game winning streak. The Tigers are one victory from advancing to the CWS championship game for the fifth time.
With the Tigers trailing 3-0 in the sixth with just two hits off USC starter Mark Prior (10-7), Hawpe drove a pitch high over the bleachers in right-center to tie it 3-3.
''He had thrown a lot of changeups to lefthanders. I just went out there looking for it,'' Hawpe said. ''Sooner or later he was bound to leave one up over the plate. He did and I got a hold of it.''
LSU (50-17) has won 11 straight games and remains the only unbeaten team in the postseason. In two CWS games the Tigers have scored 23 runs and hit five home runs.
Prior took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. It was broken up by Ryan Theriot, who scored three times and drove in three runs for the Tigers, who have won four national titles in the five times they have opened the CWS 2-0.
Trey Hodges (4-2) allowed two runs and four hits in relief of Ben Saxson, who left in the fourth inning with a blister on his right middle finger.
Southern California (44-19), which has won 12 national titles, is no stranger to the losers' bracket. In two previous trips under coach Mike Gillespie, the Trojans lost their CWS openers, but went on to the national championship game both times. In 1998, USC lost to LSU in the opener and had to beat the Tigers twice to advance to the title game, which they won for the first time in 20 years.
''I think we're in better shape than we were two years ago,'' USC shortstop Seth Davidson said. ''By playing them today, we know what they're all about.''
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