HOUSTON -- TCU didn't display any lingering effects from its 15-inning walk-off win the previous day in a game that didn't end until Sunday at 1:57 a.m. CT.The nation's top-ranked college baseball team had an easier go of it on Sunday afternoon against Ole Miss, beating the Rebels, 5-3. TCU
HOUSTON -- TCU didn't display any lingering effects from its 15-inning walk-off win the previous day in a game that didn't end until Sunday at 1:57 a.m. CT.
The nation's top-ranked college baseball team had an easier go of it on Sunday afternoon against Ole Miss, beating the Rebels, 5-3. TCU is the only one of six teams to win all three of its games in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
"I told our guys, 'You showed people a lot last night, what you're about, but the challenge is this game,'" TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. "They showed something by being ready to play. We had the right guy on the mound at the right time."
The Horned Frogs' relief corps was depleted by Saturday's late 11-10 win over Texas A&M that took 5 hours, 54 minutes to complete. The Horned Frogs of the Big 12 Conference needed right-hander Jared Janczak to go deep into the game against the Rebels, and he did.
Ole Miss had a lot of right-handed hitters who swung early in the count, playing to Janczak's strength. He commanded his fastball and was effective with his off-speed pitches. In 7 1/3 innings, Janczak (3-0) allowed two runs and five hits with 10 strikeouts.
Ryan Merrill, who drove in the game-winning run against Texas A&M, homered in the fourth inning against starter Brady Feigl (1-1) to give TCU a 4-0 lead. Luken Baker added two hits for TCU (10-1), including a triple that hit high off the center-field wall, which has been moved in from 436 to 409 feet with the removal of Tal's Hill.
"I loved the hill, I grew up here, I'm disappointed they took it out," said Baker, who played high school baseball in the Houston area. "But the ball off the bat, I was thinking, 'Thank goodness they moved the hill because that would have been a flyout if it wasn't.'"
Ole Miss (7-4) is the only team that went winless in the tournament. After scoring only one run over their first two games, the Rebels scored all three runs Sunday in the bottom of the eighth. The highlight was a two-run home run by Colby Bortles, the younger brother of NFL quarterback Blake Bortles. Tate Blackman and Will Golsan had two hits each for the Rebels of the SEC.
Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com.