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Sunday, September 21, 2014

No. 15 TCU earns split with No. 22 Rebs

BLOG: After getting rained out on Saturday, the No. 22 Rebels and No. 15 TCU will get back to work today.

First pitch at Lupton Stadium is set for 1 p.m. CT.

The Rebels claimed a 7-4 victory in Game 1 on Friday thanks in large part to a two-run homer by Alex Yarbrough and various contributions from the five Rebels that made their debuts for Ole Miss.

Yarbrough, from nearby Allen, Texas, went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in the fifth that put the Rebels ahead for good. He also led Ole Miss with three RBIs.

Bobby Wahl earned the win in his first Friday night start as a Rebel, allowing two runs in five innings while striking out two.

Brett Huber earned the save, pitching a scoreless ninth.

TCU starter Andrew Mitchell was saddled with the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) in six innings of work.

All-American catcher Josh Elander and shortstop Keaton Jones led TCU with two hits apiece. Left fielder Jason Coats had a team-high two RBIs after going 1-for-3.

LOOKING FOR MORE: A little off topic, but the St. Louis Post Dispatch had a good article about former Rebel pitcher Lance Lynn and his role this season with the defending world champion St. Louis Cardinals.

———STARTING LINEUPS———

No. 22 OLE MISS REBELS (1-0 overall)
CF Auston Bousfield
SS Austin Anderson
2B Alex Yarbrough
1B Matt Snyder
LF Tanner Mathis
C Will Allen
3B Andrew Mistone
DH Zach Kirksey
RF Will Jamison
RHP R.J. Hively

No. 15 TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY HORNED FROGS (0-1)

RF Brance Rivera
CF Kyle Von Tungelin
LF Jason Coats
C Josh Elander
DH Zac Jordan
2B Brett Johnson
3B Davy Wright
1B Michael Resnick
SS Keaton Jones
RHP Stefan Crichton

———SCORING SUMMARY ———

TCU 2, Ole Miss 0 (B1): TCU jumped on Ole Miss early, earning a single and two bunt singles to load the bases in the Horned Frogs first three at-bats. After a strikeout of Josh Elander, Ole Miss second baseman Alex Yarbrough attempted to turn a double play but instead threw the ball into the Rebels’ dugout resulting in two runs. With a runner on second, Ole Miss starter R.J. Hively induced a groundout to end the first.

TCU 3, Ole Miss (B4): TCU CF Kyle Von Tungeln extended the home team’s lead to 3-0 with a triple that scored right fielder Brance Rivera.

OLE MISS 3, TCU 3 (T5): Ole Miss responded in the fifth with three runs on four hits and a walk. Yarbrough’s single scored designated hitter Zach Kirksey, who had led the frame off with a double after fouling off a bunt attempt. After left-hander Brandon Finnegan entered the game in place of starter Stefan Crichton, back-to-back singles by first baseman Matt Snyder and left fielder Tanner Mathis tied the game. Right-hander Preston Morrison then entered the game in relief of Finnegan and got Will Allen to strike out looking to end the frame.

TCU 5, Ole Miss 3 (B5): Ole Miss’ lead didn’t last long. With Mike Mayers, the original Sunday starter, on the mound, TCU first baseman Michael Resnick‘s clubbed a two-run double that scored Brett Johnson and Davy Wright. Mayers then settled in to strike out Keaton Jones to end the fifth.

FINAL SCORE: TCU 5, Ole Miss 3.

BY THE NUMBERS: Relief pitcher Preston Morrison earned the win for TCU, throwing 3.1 hitless innings to slam the door on Ole Miss… Kaleb Merck pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save… Mayers was saddled with the loss for Ole Miss, allowing two runs on one hit and two walks in four innings. He also struck out a game-high eight… Hitting in the five hole, Mathis had a game-high three hits in four plate appearances… Snyder, who started at first after DHing on Friday, went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

NEXT UP: Ole Miss returns to the diamond on Tuesday, hosting Arkansas State at 3 p.m.

Freshman right-hander Sam Smith will earn the start.
 (February 19, 2012)

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