Rebels Advance with 6-4 Win over TCU

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Will Allen posted three RBI in Ole Miss' win over TCU on Thursday at the 2014 College World Series.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Will Allen posted three RBI in Ole Miss' win over TCU on Thursday at the 2014 College World Series.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

June 19, 2014

Box Score Get Acrobat Reader | Photo Gallery | Notes | Quotes | Infographic: Ole Miss vs. TCU 

Blog: Allen, Orvis Lift Rebels Past TCU

OMAHA, Neb. – The Rebels got big, timely hits from the middle of the lineup Thursday night as Sikes Orvis and Will Allen combined to go 6-for-10 with five RBI and lead No. 4 Ole Miss (48-20) to a 6-4 win over No. 2 TCU (48-18) in an elimination game at the College World Series.

With the win, the Rebels advance to face No.1 Virginia at 7 p.m. Friday night on ESPN in an elimination game. Should Ole Miss win, it will force a deciding game on Saturday as the two teams play again for a spot in the national championship series.

The 48 wins ties the school record for wins in a season set by the 2005 club.

Josh Laxer (3-2) picked up the win in relief, working 2.2 innings and allowing one run on one hit with a walk and three strikeouts. The only hit allowed by Laxer was a solo home run from Kevin Cron in the fifth inning. Aaron Greenwood picked up his fifth save, working the final 1.1 innings to close out the game.

Jordan Kipper (8-3) took the loss for the Horned Frogs, allowing two runs on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 2.2 innings of relief work.

"First, congrats to TCU and Coach Schossnagle, for a tremendous year, it was a great baseball game,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We’re fortunate we got some timely hits and that’s what this comes down to. Getting good hits with runners on, and we were able to do that on the other side of the ball, and we made our pitches to get out of the innings. I’m proud of our guys.  I was asked a couple days ago in a press conference about our offense and I thought we had a good offensive day today. The guys, sitting next to me, Sikes Orvis and Will Allen certainly led the charge. I thought we had some better at-bats today and it shows you when wind is not blowing in 20 miles an hour it a little different here. We were able to barrel some ball up and get some hits today.” 

"This off season we really worked hard, just on and off the field on being tough,” said senior captain Will Allen. “It’s something that team has taken to just the mindset of 1-9 throughout the lineup. We have guys that can step up and be the hero on any given day. It’s something with the team when our backs are against the wall, we play really good baseball. We’re just a tough team, a very confident team, and we’ve continued to do it throughout the whole season." 

Ole Miss got on the board in the third inning, taking advantage of a leadoff double to shallow center from J.B. Woodman. A sac bunt to the third base side of the mound from Austin Knight moved Woodman to third before Braxton Lee drove him home with a single up the middle. Auston Bousfield was then hit by a pitch to put two men on and cause TCU to call for a meeting at the mound.

Austin Anderson then flew out to put two away before Will Allen drove a double to the wall in right center to score both Lee and Bousfield, putting Ole Miss on top 3-0 after the top of the third.

TCU responded in the fourth inning, using a leadoff single to left center from Kevin Cron to start a rally. A walk of Jerrick Suiter in the next at bat put two men on before the Rebels would get a fielder’s choice to throw Suiter out at second and put men at the corners with one away.

Boomer White then hit a double down the left field line to bring Cron home and leave two men in scoring position as the Horned Frogs cut the lead to 3-1. A walk of Dylan Fitzgerald then loaded the bases for TCU and brought shortstop Keaton Jones to the plate.

Jones drew a walk, the third of the inning, to bring a second run home and keep the bases loaded for catcher Kyle Bacak. Ole Miss then turned to its bullpen for right-hander Josh Laxer.

The Rebel reliever got a strikeout to put two away before a walk of leadoff hitter Cody Jones tied the game at three and again kept the bases loaded for the Horned Frogs. Laxer got a fly ball deep to right center that Woodman tracked down at the wall for the final out to keep TCU from taking the lead as the inning ended with the score tied 3-3.

Orvis came up with a big two-out hit in the fifth inning to put the Rebels back on top. After Bousfield and Anderson reached on back-to-back walks to put men on, TCU got a strikeout to put two away. The Rebel first baseman then pulled a single through the right side to score Bousfield from second and put Ole Miss back in front 4-3.

The lead was erased in the first at bat of the TCU half of the fifth when Cron took the first pitch and sent it into the stands in left field to tie the game 4-4.

Ole Miss moved back in front in the seventh with an RBI single from Allen that put the Rebels up 5-4. Bousfield was hit by a pitch to start the frame before Anderson delivered a single to left to put two on with Allen at the plate. The senior then drove the ball back up the middle to score Bousfield and give the Rebels the lead for the third time on the night.

TCU again put together an answering rally in the eighth, using a leadoff walk and a sac bunt to put Suiter in scoring position. The Rebels then intentionally walked Boomer White to put two men on and set up a double play opportunity. Freshman Wyatt Short got a strikeout of Fitzgerald to put two away and Ole Miss again turned to its bullpen, this time for right-hander Aaron Greenwood.

A double steal put both runners in scoring position before Greenwood got a ground ball up the middle from the Frog batter. Shortstop Errol Robinson charged in and to his left, scooping the ball behind the mound and making the throw to end the inning and keep Ole Miss on top 5-4 after eight innings of play.
Orvis again came up with a big hit for the Rebels in the ninth, driving a two-out double down the line in left to score Will Allen and put Ole Miss on top 6-4. Allen reached on a single to left in the previous at bat to keep the inning alive for the Orvis hit.

Greenwood then shut the Horned Frogs down in the ninth, retiring the side in order to preserve the win and keep Ole Miss alive in the College World Series.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House - Sept. 21

      Sunday, September 21, 2014 - Athletics

      This is the fourth installment of Observations from the Best Seat in the House. The idea of this weekly feature will be to bring you all some of our observations from the previous week in Ole Miss Sports. This week... read more

    • Rebels Finish Non-Conference on High Note

      Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Volleyball

      The Ole Miss Volleyball team remained undefeated at 14-0 and matched last year's win total with a 4-0 weekend at the Rebel Classic capped by wins over Lamar (3-0) and Jackson State (3-1) Saturday. The last three sets against Jackson... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 4

      Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 4 - ULL (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.In case you missed it, The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 1, The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 2 and The Season: Ole Miss... read more

    • Freeze Talks Open Date, SEC West

      Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's time on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of the Rebels' open date and return to action on Saturday, Sept. 27 against Memphis.Freeze's time on the call begins at the 1:50:18 mark. For the... read more

    • NASCAR's Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Visits Ole Miss

      Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - Football

      NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., visited Ole Miss on Wednesday. The Olive Branch, Mississippi, native spoke to various student groups, including the football team. Stenhouse Jr. presented head coach Hugh Freeze with a firesuit, and Freeze presented him with an... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Sept. 8-14)

      Monday, September 15, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewSept. 8-14, 2014Volleyball- Ole Miss captured the Magnolia Invitational this past weekend to improve to 10-0, its best start in school history.- The Rebels downed UAB and Mercer 3-0 and then defeated Jacksonville State 3-1... read more

    • Historic Start to the Football Season

      Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Football

      After a 56-15 win over Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday, Ole Miss moved up four spots to No. 10 in the latest Associated Press poll, released on Sunday.  Despite breaking into the top 10, the Rebels remain fifth among Southeastern Conference Western Division... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House - Sept. 14

      Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Athletics

      This is the third installment of Observations from the Best Seat in the House. The idea of this weekly feature will be to bring you all some of our observations from the previous week in Ole Miss Sports. This week... read more

    • Three Rebels Net First Goals of the Season

      Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Soccer

      Leading 1-0 after controlling the play for much of the game, Ole Miss opened up a 3-0 lead on Middle Tennessee with a pair of goals in the final minute of the first half on the way to a 4-0... read more

    • Golson's Buy-In Pays Off

      Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Football

      Senior cornerback Senquez Golson has come a long way since he was a freshman.  That season, he was most notably on the receiving end of a highlight reel juke from Alabama running back Trent Richardson. Three years later, as part... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-ULL Motivational

      Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss vs ULL Official Team Motivational from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-ULL

      Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as Ole Miss faces Louisiana-Lafayette in its home opener Saturday. Wearing the Bull's-Eye After a 2-0 start with wins over Boise State and Vanderbilt, Ole Miss moved up to No. 14 in the Associated Press poll,... read more

    • Thompson Lifts Rebels to Historic Start

      Friday, September 12, 2014 - Volleyball

      With a chance to make history, Ole Miss dropped a first set for the first time this season. The Rebels answered the bell winning the next three sets to defeat Jacksonville State 3-1 and improve to 10-0 on the season,... read more

    • VIDEO: Return of The Grove

      Friday, September 12, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • Rebel Nation Remembers Stan Sandroni

      Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Football

      Rebel Nation goes into its home opener Saturday excited for the return of football at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, but also saddened by the loss of one of its most renowned voices.Stan Sandroni, 64, passed away of a heart attack late Wednesday.... read more