Heads held high.
Amidst all the pain of a season-ending loss, that is how TCU’s baseball team walked off the field at TD Ameritrade Park Thursday night following their elimination from the 2014 College World Series.
The Ole Miss Rebels were the victors of a 6-4 win over the Frogs, but a struggling offense proved to be the achilles heel of the 2014 purple and white squad.
The two teams traded blows all evening, but in the end an RBI-single in the top of the seventh by Will Allen put a close to the Horned Frogs’ season.
After a pair of stellar performances in the Big 12 title game and regional round, Tyler Alexander seemed to be the hottest pitcher on a team with the lowest team ERA.
For the second game in a row since that run, the freshman lefty was simply not himself on the mound. Alexander gave up six hits and three runs in 3.1 innings pitched.
TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle noticed early that Alexander was struggling.
“Even when he was getting some outs early, he was missing the spots,” Schlossnagle said. “Those guys are veteran hitters and you have to be able to execute pitches to get them out.”
Alexander’s teammates would pick him up after he was pulled for Jordan Kipper.
After a Boomer White double and some timely hits and walks, TCU tied the game at three runs apiece in the fourth.
Ole Miss charged back though, taking a one-run lead later in the fifth when Sikes Orvis delivered an RBI-single to score Auston Bousfield. Orvis had three hits and two RBIs in the win.
Once again, TCU responded and it would only take one swing from Kevin Cron to tie the game.
Cron launched only the second home run of this College World Series with a deep solo shot to left field. The only other home run came from Texas’ C.J. Hinojosa on Wednesday.
The home run would ultimately be bittersweet for Cron.
“It doesn’t quite feel the same now that we didn’t get the win,” he said.
With the game tied at 4-4, Ole Miss took a one-run lead in the seventh and added some insurance in the ninth to seal the deal.
Derek Odell would be TCU’s last chance at coming back, but the hitting woes continued for the third basemen as he grounded out to end the game. He finished the game 0-for-5 and went hitless in Omaha, Neb.
TCU’s season was certainly a roller coaster ride. The team started the year 15-12 and ended up with a record of 48-18 and the school’s first Big 12 title.
They played four extra-inning games, including a 22-inning marathon that will likely be remembered as one of the longest college baseball games ever played.
It was a magical ride for the TCU baseball team, but it now comes to a close.
While going through the handshake line, they slapped hands for one last time and walked off the field with their heads up.
“I’m really, really proud of them,” Schlossnagle said. “It’s really an honor to be wearing a TCU uniform today.”
Jordan Ray contributed to this story.