Lynn, Bittle pitch Rebs to 3-1 win

FORT WORTH, Texas - Lance Lynn battled a lack of rest and a cold to get his third win of the season against no losses as second-ranked Ole Miss got past TCU 3-1 in game one.

The Brownsburg, Ind., right-hander went five complete, allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

"It was great to be out there today, kind of a sigh of relief to get to playing baseball and not worrying about travel and being sick and all that," Lynn said after the Rebels improved to 10-1 on the season. "It was good to get out there and play again and get back on the winning track."

In the bottom of the second, Lynn got out of a jam after Mike Bianco visited the mound. After a strikeout, the Horned Frogs got three straight singles to load the bases. But after the head coach's trip to talk to the Rebel ace, Lynn got Aaron Schultz to strike out and lead-off hitter Clint Arnold to fly out to right.

"That was huge for us," Lynn said. "Early in the game if they get a run right there, they get the momentum. For me to stop them right there and end it that inning was huge for us."

The home team scored the game's first run in the bottom of the third. After Ben Carruthers walked, Matt Vern doubled to left center to score Carruthers. But a line out to third by Matt Carpenter was followed by a strikeout by Hunt Woodruff and a groundout by Bryan Holaday.

The Rebels answered and more with three runs in the top of the fourth. Matt Smith doubled to put runners on second and third after Cody Overbeck singled. An error on the Horned Frog third baseman on a pickoff attempt allowed Overbeck to come home. Michael Guerrero singled to left to put runners on first and second.

After Zach Miller flew out to centerfield, Evan Button walked to load the bases. TCU starter Seth Garrison was pulled and Tyler Lockwood entered. Brett Basham grounded out to short to score Power, and Henry grounded out to second to end the inning.

Lockwood went the rest of the way, keeping the Rebs at bay with only three hits, a walk and four strikeouts. The final line on Garrison was three runs on seven hits with a walk and a strikeout.

Scott Bittle came in for Lynn to start the sixth and took care of business, allowing just one hit with one walk and five strikeouts.

"His stuff is just great," Lynn said of his teammate, the Texarkana, Texas, native, whose second choice to Ole Miss had been TCU out of Northeast Texas Community College. "He always comes in and fills it up and just challenges every hitter. He's done a great job for us."

Game two was set to begin at 4 p.m. Cody Satterwhite is going for the Rebels, while RHP Steven Maxwell is on the mound for TCU.

Game three is Sunday at 1 p.m.


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