Frogs and Rebels fight to survive Thursday night

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    TCU baseball head coach Jim Schlossnagle looked tired Tuesday night.

    Most people would be at 1:00 a.m., especially after playing a 15-inning baseball game that lasted almost five hours. All the same, there is no rest for the weary. 

    The Horned Frogs had Wednesday to recuperate after an extra innings showdown between national seed resulted in a 3-2 loss to Virginia.

    Now, TCU looks toward a Thursday night contest with Ole Miss for the right to continue playing.

    The Rebels opened TCU’s 2013 season and it wasn’t pretty. The Frogs were swept and outscored 11-4 in three games that took place in Oxford, Miss.

    TCU holds a 1-4 record against Ole Miss since 2011.

    The Rebels come into Thursday night’s game after dispatching Texas Tech in the second elimination game of the College World Series. Ole Miss defeated the Red Raiders 2-1 in the ninth inning Tuesday afternoon.

    Unlike TCU, the Rebels are an offensive-minded team with a tough middle of the batting order.

    The 2-3-4 Rebel batters are all averaging well over .300, especially Ole Miss’ no. 2 hitter Auston Bousfield. 

    Bousfield comes into the game with a .344 batting average and 96 hits on the year. His production doesn’t stop in the batter’s box either.

    Once on base, Bousfield is a thief, converting 17-of-18 stole base attempts. 

    That said, there hasn’t been much offense in the 2014 College World Series so far and that style should favor TCU’s brand of defensive baseball. Teams that have scored only three or more runs in an inning in this CWS are 3-1 so far.

    There also has only been one home run so far in the CWS and it was the only score of a 1-0 Texas win over UC-Irvine.

    “I think it is a travesty what has happened to college baseball,” Schlossnagle said after Tuesday night’s loss. “It’s frustrating when you can’t get anything going because the ball just dies out there.”

    Freshman Tyler Alexander will make the start on the mound for TCU while right-hander Sam Smith will start for the Rebels.

    Alexander holds a 2.16 ERA on the year and is the only Frogs pitcher with double digit wins (10-3) this season.

    Schlossnagle and Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco have some history of working together, but that doesn’t mean Schlossnagle is excited about the match up.

    “Mike and I are really close,” Schlossnagle said. “Spent all summer together with Team USA. So I was excited he won. But I’m never excited to play real close friends like that.”

    When asked if fatigue would be an issue for TCU after playing such a long game, Schlossnagle, who was already tired, kept it short and simple.

    “We’ll be ready.”

    TCU and Ole Miss face off from TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday night. 

    Jordan Ray contributed to this story.