Originally Published: June 19, 2014

CWS field will lose another Thursday

By Mitch Sherman | ESPN.com

OMAHA, Neb. -- Another day and another one-run game at the College World Series. Texas earned revenge on UC Irvine, eliminating the Anteaters with a 1-0 victory on C.J. Hinojosa's seventh-inning home run -- the first of this CWS.

Chad Hollingsworth threw 8 1/3 scoreless innings for UT, his second spotless start of the postseason.

Next up, Ole Miss and TCU play another elimination game at 8 p.m. ET.

Keep an eye on these storylines:

Facing elimination: TCU eliminated Ole Miss from the 2012 College Station regional with two victories after the Rebels beat the Horned Frogs to open the four-team tournament. Ole Miss has proven more resilient this year, winning three elimination games in June -- equal to Texas for the most of any team in Omaha. The Rebels beat Louisiana-Lafayette twice on the road in super-regional play and defeated Texas Tech on Tuesday to stay alive in Omaha. TCU staved off elimination with its 6-5 victory over Pepperdine in the super regional. The Rebels' six hits, by the way, in their first two CWS games this year rank as the fewest since Baylor managed five in 1978.

Pitching prowess: No program nationally can match TCU's 2.16 ERA for the season, but its numbers since April 1 are astounding. The Horned Frogs, 33-5 over that time, have posted a 1.65 ERA in 38 games since the end of March. With closer Riley Ferrell, who has thrown 5 2/3 innings in two CWS games, perhaps unavailable Thursday, TCU loses its bullpen ace. But he's not a one-man show. Relievers for TCU have allowed four runs in 36 2/3 innings of NCAA tournament play.

Mound matchup: Junior right-hander Sam Smith (5-4, 3.45 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for Ole Miss against freshman lefty Tyler Alexander (10-3, 2.16) for the Horned Frogs. Alexander served as the No. 3 starter for TCU in Big 12 play, leading the team in victories. He was knocked for three runs in three innings in the decisive super-regional game against Pepperdine. Smith started third for Ole Miss in SEC play. He also struggled in his most recent outing, allowing three runs in 3 2/3 innings in the final game of the Lafayette Super Regional.

Mitch Sherman

ESPN Staff Writer


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