It’s been a College World Series dominated by one-run games – five out of the 10 games so far have been that way. TCU has been the benefactor of two one-run CWS wins, and on Thursday, the Horned Frogs and Ole Miss battled back and forth for a good part of the game with a one-run difference before the Rebel separated themselves late for a 6-4 victory.
The loss eliminates the Big 12 regular-season runner-up and one of the two national seeds in this year’s College World Series. The Horned Frogs’ season ended after going 33-6 since April 1 and went 7-2 in the 2014 NCAA postseason
Ole Miss had struggled offensively in its first two CWS games, but got it going against the Horned Frogs, collecting 11 hits, three each by Will Allen and Scott Orvis, who also combined to drive in five of the six Mississippi runs.
Ole Miss jumped out in front scoring three runs in the top half of the third. The big hit was a double to right center by Allen with two on and two out that drove in a couple of runs.
TCU tied the game with a three-spot in the bottom of the fourth. Both teams scored single tallies in the fifth. TCU’s fifth-inning run came on a home run to left by first baseman Kevin Cron.
Ole Miss pushed across a run in the seventh on a couple of singles and a hit batter, and the Rebels added an insurance run in the ninth.
Neither starting pitcher made it past the fourth inning. Tyler Alexander started for TCU and went 3 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits. Alexander came into the game with a 10-3 record (the most on the Horned Frogs’ staff) and a 2.18 ERA in 15 starts this season. Sam Smith got the start for the Rebels. He, too, only lasted 3 1/3, yielding three runs and four hits.
The TCU loss leaves only Texas of the three Big 12 teams that advanced to this year’s College World Series. TCU heads home, while Texas has a date on Friday with 2-0 Vanderbilt. If the Longhorns win that game, they will have to play Vanderbilt again on Saturday, with the winner moving on to the championship series against either Ole Miss of Virginia.
Mississippi has been responsible for eliminating both Texas Tech and TCU in the CWS.