Rebels stay alive in CWS with win over TCU
OMAHA, Neb. — A lineup that hadn’t been able to generate much offense the first two games of the College World Series finally showed just how potent it could be. Ole Miss stayed alive in the CWS Thursday night by eliminating TCU 6-4 at TD Ameritrade Park. The Rebels (48-20) collected 11 hits overall, with a combined six coming from Will Allen and Sikes Orvis. Allen drove in three RBIs, two coming on a double in the third inning, while Orvis gave the Rebels a big insurance run in the ninth with a double down the left field line. When Allen and Orvis both got the park, they noticed that the wind wasn’t blowing in the cavernous park, a big difference from the previous two games. Allen, who was 3-for-5 as the Rebels’ designated hitter, said it made a big difference. “The first couple of days, the wind was just gusting in. Obviously our approached some. We had get on top of the ball and get some line drives and ground balls. Sikes was the first guy to tell me ‘Hey look at the flags, look at the flag.’ The ball was definitely traveling a little bit in bp, more than it had the previous days,” Allen said. “Coach (Cliff) Godwin tells us to get on top of the ball and we had some good barrels on the ball, found some gaps, found some holes. The other big thing was we got people on base. You saw (Auston) Bousfield running and putting pressure on the other team definitely helps. Once this lineup gets going, one through nine, there isn’t an easy out.” Ole Miss took a 3-0 lead only to see TCU come back and score three runs in the bottom of the fourth. The game was tied 4-4 until the seventh when the Rebels took the lead for good on a single from Allen. The Rebels were able to maintain the lead thanks to their standout relievers. Starting with Josh Laxer in the fourth, the bullpen only yielded one run and one hit the final 6 2/3. Laxer earned the win, while Aaron Greenwood earned the save. “Wyatt did a great job for a freshman. It was cool for a couple of DeSoto County boys to be out there,” Greenwood said. Ole Miss will now play Virginia tonight in a game that can be seen on ESPN. Ole Miss has to defeat Virginia two times to reach the CWS Championship series.