No. 22 Rebels Down No. 10 TCU 7-4 In Season Opener

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM <blank>
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 17, 2012

Box Score

FORT WORTH, Texas – Alex Yarbrough went 2-or-5 with a home run and three RBI to help the Rebel offense to a big win on Friday night as No. 22 Ole Miss (1-0) defeated No. 10 TCU (0-1) in the first game of a three-game series.

With the win, Ole Miss improved to 11-1 in season-opening games under head coach Mike Bianco.

The Rebel offense performed well in the outing as Andrew Mistone also homered as part of a night that saw the junior go 1-for-2 and was hit by pitch twice. Eight Rebels recorded hits on the night.

Bobby Wahl (1-0) picked up the win in his first start as a part of the weekend rotation, allowing two runs – both earned – on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work.

Brett Huber picked up his first save of the season, closing out the ninth with a walk and two strikeouts while holding the Horned Frogs hitless. It was Huber’s 17th save of his career, moving him into fourth on the career saves list and one save behind Scott Bittle or third all-time.

Andrew Mitchell (0-1) suffered the loss for TCU, allowing four runs – three earned – on six hits in 6.0 innings of work. He struck out four and did not allow a walk on the night.

“We really played well tonight, especially for opening night on the road against a good team in TCU,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “Bobby Wahl didn’t have his best stuff, but he made big pitches when he needed to and hung in there. We showed our athleticism defensively, especially in the outfield.

“We also got a solid outing from Sam Smith and Dylan Chavez,” Bianco said. “I really thought tonight was about our offense against a very good pitcher in (Andrew) Mitchell. We won’t see many better than him this season. We just won a few more at bats than they did at crucial times. Overall, we just competed very hard.”

Ole Miss struck first, scoring a single run in the third when Austin Bousfield grounded out to second with the bases loaded scored Blake Newalu. The Rebels loaded the bases with back-to-back singles from Preston Overbey and Newalu before a Will Jamison bunt single put three men on base. The Horned Frogs got the first out before the Newalu score on the Bousfield grounder. Ole Miss would get no more out of the inning, however, as TCU got the next two outs to get out of the inning.

TCU pushed two runs across in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead for the first time on the night. With two men on base and one out following a lead-off walk and a hit batter, Kyle Von Tungelin singled to score Davy Wright and leave men at the corners. A sac fly to center from Jason Coats brought in the second run as the Horned Frogs went up 2-1. A grounder to third with men at second and third a batter later got the Rebels out of the inning trailing by one run.

The Rebels evened things up at two in the fourth when Will Allen scored on a throwing error from the second baseman as he tried to turn a double play. Allen, who had reached with a single and moved to second when Mistone was hit by a pitch, moved to third on the grounder to short from Overbey, and scored when the throw to first from the second baseman was in the dirt and got away from the Horned Frog first baseman.

Ole Miss kept the score tied in the bottom of the inning when Bousfield threw out the go-ahead run at the plate to get the Rebels out of the fourth without any damage.

The Rebels then moved back in front in the fifth inning when Yarbrough got the first home run of the season for Ole Miss, scoring Jamison on the shot to right. Jamison reached on a lead-off single before moving to third on back-to-back groundouts. The home run from Yarbrough gave Ole Miss a 4-2 lead.

Ole Miss extended the lead in the seventh with back-to-back RBI singles with two out. With Bousfield at first, Yarbrough hit a shallow shot to left center that fell in between three converging outfielders, allowing the freshman to score. Yarbrough moved to second on the throw home as TCU attempted to throw out Bousfield. Matt Snyder singled to right in the next at bat to drive in Yarbrough and give the Rebels the 6-2 lead.

TCU cut into the lead in the home half of the seventh, using a lead-off double and a wild pitch to put Wright at third base. A double off the wall in right from Keaton Jones brought home Wright and cut the lead to three.

With two outs on the board and a man on third, Coats took a full count pitch back up the middle to drive in a second run in the inning and trim the Rebel lead to two at 6-4. Ole Miss then turned to the bullpen for the second time, sending freshman Sam Smith to the mound to replace reliever Dylan Chavez.

Mistone pushed the lead back out to three runs for the Rebels in the eighth inning, belting a home run down the left field line to make it 7-4 in favor of Ole Miss.

Smith kept the Horned Frogs off the board in the eighth before Huber worked a scoreless ninth to close out the game and preserve the win for the Rebels.

Ole Miss and TCU will play game two of the series at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Fans can follow the action on gametracker or watch the game on RebelVision at www.OleMissSports.com.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Chadwick'sTop Moments: No. 10

      Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      Moving along chronologically, today we delve into the top 10 moments of Ole Miss men's tennis coach Billy Chadwick continuing with the 2005 season, which was one of the most exciting seasons in Ole Miss tennis history. In 2005, the... read more

    • VIDEO: SEC Network 'Take It All In' Promo

      Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - Athletics

      read more

    • Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 11

      Monday, April 21, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      On this Monday we take a look at moment No. 11 of the top moments in Billy Chadwick's career.  This moment encompasses a year full of great accomplishments that Chadwick made the norm for the Ole Miss tennis program.  In... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 14-20)

      Monday, April 21, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 14-20, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss went 1-2 last week vs. No. 7 LSU, dropping a 13-inning affair in the series opener before taking game two and falling in the series finale.- Ole Miss became the... read more

    • Baseball Scorecards Tell the Story

      Monday, April 21, 2014 - Baseball

      Earlier this baseball season, Ole Miss tied a game on a dropped fly ball with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, which was a case of deja vu for Ole Miss fan Curtis Wilkie, who remembered the same... read more

    • Closing Time

      Monday, April 21, 2014 - Women's Golf

      Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Normal 0 false false false EN-US... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-LSU Highlights

      Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Baseball

      read more

    • Rebels Drop Series With Shutout Loss To LSU

      Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Baseball

      Sam Smith posted his eighth straight quality start, but it was not enough, as LSU shut out Ole Miss 2-0 Saturday afternoon to take the three-game series. It was the first time that the Rebels had been shutout since a... read more

    • Rainy Start to the SEC Championships

      Friday, April 18, 2014 - Women's Golf

      Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Ole Miss women's golf sports information... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-LSU Highlights

      Friday, April 18, 2014 - Baseball

      read more

    • Bousfield's 4-For-4 Game Lifts Rebels To Win

      Friday, April 18, 2014 -

      LSU looked to have gotten out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, but right fielder Mark Laird dropped a fly ball in foul territory that would have been the final out and send the game to the fifth down... read more

    • Rebel Road Trip 2014: Look Back Video

      Friday, April 18, 2014 - Athletics

      BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip 2014: Look Back Video from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Ellis Duels Nola To A Draw In Series Opener

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Baseball

      For eight innings, Chris Ellis dueled Aaron Nola, the Southeastern Conference's leader in strikeouts (84) and earned run average (0.70) to a draw, as he left with the game with the score tied at 2-2. It was the eighth time... read more

    • I'm Back

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Women's Golf

      Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Ole Miss women's golf sports information... read more

    • Two More Second-Round Projections For Moncrief

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Football

      Two new mock drafts released this week has former wide receiver Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief being selected in the late second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, set for May 8-10. NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks projects Moncrief... read more