OMAHA, Neb. — Rice jumped on North Carolina with a six-run second inning and Joe Savery pitched six-plus solid innings to make it stand up and beat the Tar Heels 14-4 Sunday night in the College World Series.

The Owls, who failed to score in their last 23 innings at the 2006 CWS, have 29 runs in their first two games and are the lone unbeaten team in Bracket 1.

They'll play Wednesday against the winner of Tuesday's Louisville-North Carolina elimination game. One more victory would put the Owls (56-12) in the best-of-three championship series that starts Saturday.

North Carolina (54-14) used a CWS-record eight pitchers against the Owls. But a bullpen that had been a key in five come-from-behind victories in the NCAA tournament wasn't up to the task after freshman starter Alex White lasted only 1 1/3 innings.

Each of Rice's starting position players had at least one hit, with Diego Seastrunk going 3-for-5 and Aaron Luna hitting a two-run homer in the ninth.

It was the most runs surrendered by North Carolina in 119 games, since a 15-8 loss to Maryland on March 17, 2006.

LOUISVILLE 12, MISSISSIPPI ST. 4: 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.

Louisville's powerful offense kept the Cardinals (47-23) alive in their first CWS appearance. They play Tuesday against North Carolina.

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

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

Sunday, 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.