OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Southern California's 12 College World Series championships aren't in jeopardy — yet.

Louisiana State has made up a lot of ground on the Trojans in just the past 10 seasons with five national titles, the latest coming Saturday when the Tigers rallied for a 6-5 victory over Stanford in the CWS championship game.

The Tigers didn't make their first CWS appearance until 1986, but in just 11 trips to Omaha they have tied Arizona State for the second most CWS titles. The Sun Devils haven't won since 1981. LSU won its first title in 1991 and followed with others in 1993, 1996 and 1997.

The success has 62-year-old coach Skip Bertman putting off retirement for at least another year.

"What if I get another group like this one?" said Bertman, who completed his 17th season at LSU. "Then I'd really be missing out."

The Tigers have been in Omaha so often lately that they've adopted Rosenblatt Stadium as a second home. And their fans have as well. Purple and gold Tiger faithful sporting Mardi Gras beads and "Geax Tigers" signs congratulated the team as it took a victory lap Saturday after Brad Cresse's RBI single in the ninth won it.

"Down in Baton Rouge we get tons of people at our games. Our fans are the best in America, no doubt. Then, when they get to Omaha, they go crazy," said LSU senior Jeremy Witten, whose two-out, two-run homer tied the game at 5-all in the eighth inning.

Reliever Trey Hodges was nearly perfect as he picked up his second win in three appearances; he also had a save. Hodges allowed two hits and no runs over the final four innings to keep LSU in it until the Tigers offense got going in the eighth.

Team captain Blair Barbier started the comeback with a dugout speech before the bottom of the eighth, Hodges said.

"We knew we had done more work than anyone all year. Blair just said it was going to come into play right here," said Hodges, who was voted the CWS most outstanding player. "We're not going to let somebody beat us on our field."

Barbier followed up his words with a solo homer that cut Stanford's lead to 5-3, then Witten tied it.

The Tigers comeback came against two of the top pitchers in the tournament. Stanford ace Jason Young allowed two runs and four hits over four innings before No. 2 starter Justin Wayne came on in relief.

Wayne (15-4) had seven strikeouts in his first three innings before the Tigers finally got to him in the eighth and ninth.

"We just knew we were going to win. They threw two of the best pitchers in the country and we believed we could do it, so we did it," said Wright, who robbed Stanford's Edmund Muth of a homer with a catch above the right field fence. "One through nine, we got it done. Somebody picks somebody else up."

In the end it was Cresse's turn.

Cresse, who had hit .400 with 30 homers and 104 RBIs coming into the CWS, was just 1-for-12 in the series before coming up in the ninth Saturday with two men on.

"Last night, I dreamt about being up at the plate with the winning run on base. I dreamt of a home run, but I'll take a single," Cresse said.

The loss was gut-wrenching for the Cardinal (50-16), who were one win away from the championship game a year ago before getting knocked out by two losses to Florida State. Stanford made it to the title game this year and looked on pace for a third national championship after Craig Thompson's grand slam in the fourth.

"I told them they had nothing to be ashamed of and that I was very proud of them. Sometimes you give a game away, but they beat us. They earned it," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said.