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.
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ATLANTA - On Saturday, fans can tune in to see the Rebels duo of Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze and former Ole Miss basketball player Sean Tuohy compete in the Chick-fil-A... read more
Only 50 days until The Grove is full, the constant shouts of "Hotty Toddy" are in the air, and football kicks off 100 years in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium! Looking forward to this upcoming college football season, seven Rebels were named to... read more
As we near the 2015 college football season, national organizations have started to release watch lists for their respective awards. Through the first week of watch lists being released, multiple Rebels have been announced as players that fans need to... read more
Along with head coach Hugh Freeze, three Rebels will represent Ole Miss at the annual SEC Football Media Days next week. Junior Evan Engram, just named to the John Mackey Award Watch List for college football's most outstanding tight end,... read more
Five Ole Miss Rebels were chosen as preseason All-SEC selections by some of the people who work closest with the student-athletes, the football media relations directors. The 14 football media relations directors of the Southeastern Conference institutions voted in the... read more
The preseason accolades just don't stop for the Ole Miss football team. Everywhere you look, Rebels can be found on preseason All-America teams. Lindy's Sports recognized seven Rebels for preseason honors, including four All-Americans. Four Ole Miss Football Rebels were... read more
With the season just 74 days away, members of the 2015 Ole Miss football team continue to earn recognition on Preseason All-America lists. Athlon Sports, the latest media outlet to release its 2015 college football preseason All-America team, gave five... read more
Preseason All-America football teams continue to roll in, and Ole Miss has been well represented each time.Today, the Sporting News unveiled its preseason All-America first and second teams, which includes a total of four Rebels.OT Laremy Tunsil and DT Robert... read more
Individual preseason accolades continue to pile up for the Ole Miss football team as college football magazines look toward the 2015 season. Athlon Sports is the latest magazine to release its preseason all-conference teams, June 10; the magazine named nine... read more
The start of summer heat and vacations is also the start of another tradition - preseason college football magazines.One of the first to produce a magazine every year is Phil Steele, whose 2015 version includes about as many Ole Miss... read more
Although they will not begin competing for the Rebels until the fall, several members of the 2015 signing class have arrived at Ole Miss to begin their college journey this summer. The first of two summer sessions offered at the... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 28-May 4, 2015Baseball - The Rebels started the week defeating the Bulldogs, 11-1 in the annual Governor's Cup. The 10-run win for the Rebels marked the largest margin of victory in the 36-year history... read more
Welcome to Pittsburgh...and welcome to #SteelersNation, @Quez_G! #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/oY8wZc10Kk-- Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 2, 2015 Congrats Senquez Golson! Drafted 56th overall in the 2015 #NFLDRAFT by the Pittsburgh Steelers. #HottyToddy #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/EPGayDNOu7-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) May 2, 2015 Ole... read more
Six men with ties to Ole Miss were part of the inaugural class of 25 athletes and coaches inducted into the Scott County Hall of Fame this past Saturday at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. It is believed that this... read more