North Carolina got a two-out grand slam in the top of the ninth from catcher Tim Federowicz and eliminated LSU from the College World 7-3.
The Tar Heels, who have lost in the championship series two straight years, now has to beat Fresno State twice. They will meet Saturday at 4 pm PT. If the Tar Heels win, the two teams go out at it again Sunday at 4 pm PT.
On the other side of the bracket, Stanford has to beat Georgia twice to move on. The Cardinal make what could be their last stand Saturday at 11 am PT. If the Cardinal win, they will play Sunday at either 11 am or 4 pm, depending upon the outcome of the UNC-Fresno State game.
If the Tar Heels make it to the championship series, they will be the first school to play in the championship game three straight years since Texas did it from 1983-85. The Longhorns won in 1983, but lost in 1984 and 1985.