"It's disappointing," Ole Miss Coach Mike Bianco said of his team's performance. "But TCU was unbelievable today. The thing that was frustrating was that we just gave them so many opportunities. There are so many things we let happen. It was a very tough day to play baseball, but the other team played in it as well."
The Rebels were charged with three errors, but they played the game much sloppier than that, according to their coach.
"We're missing balls in the outfield by 20 feet," Bianco said. "We're not blocking balls in the infield, and we're letting balls get away. We're just not playing well enough. We had some innings that we let it blow up on us. I don't want to take anything away from TCU. They were tremendous offensively. But we've got to do a better job and be cleaner. It's one thing to get outhit, which we did, but it's another thing to have some messy innings like we did."
The Rebels got 16 hits, normally enough along with 13 runs. But TCU pounded Rebel pitching for 25 hits and scored a run in every inning but the first two. The contest lasted more than four hours and was played in near freezing and damp conditions.
The Rebels took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on. But in the top of second TCU scored two runs to take a lead they never relinquished.
With the Rebels down 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Zach Miller sent one out of the park and past the visiting bullpen at the right field foul pole, a three-run blast to cut the TCU led to 5-4.
Down 10-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Rebels scored five runs to pull to within a run and get back in it. But then came the top of the seventh.
The Horned Frogs scored seven runs on six hits with an assist from a Rebel error and all but put the game away. At stretch time the Rebels trailed 17-9; shoulders were sagging, heads were dropping.
Though they didn't quit, there would be no dramatic comeback. Kyle Henson added a two-run home run in the eighth for the Rebels to round out the scoring for Ole Miss.
It was Henson's first career home run at Ole Miss. Matt Snyder's seventh inning round-tripper was his first in a UM uniform. Cliff Vaughn's double in the ninth was his first collegiate career hit.
Starter Aaron Barrett (0-1) got his first loss in his second start for the Rebels. The junior righty went 4.2 innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on 10 hits with five strikeouts and a walk.
Other Rebel hurlers used were Jake Morgan (1.1 IP, five runs, three earned, seven hits, one strikeout); Kyle Barbeck (0.1 IP, six runs, five earned, five hits), Chris Corrigan (1.2 IP, one unearned run, two hits, one walk); Michael Park (1.0 IP, one earned run, two strikeouts).
The winning pitcher was Tyler Lockwood (1-0).
Ole Miss (3-3) and TCU (5-1) play two games beginning at 12 noon Sunday.
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