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Mississippi right fielder J.B. Woodman bumps into the wall after catching a fly ball hit by TCU's Derek Odell in the fourth inning of an NCAA baseball College World Series elimination game in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Francis)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Will Allen drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, Mississippi relievers held TCU without a hit after Kevin Cron's homer in the fifth, and the Rebels stayed alive in the College World Series with a 6-4 victory Thursday night.

Ole Miss (48-20) will play Virginia on Friday night in a bracket final. The Rebels would need to beat the Cavaliers (51-14) on Friday and again Saturday to reach next week's best-of-three championship series.

It was the most runs allowed by TCU (48-18) in 16 games.

Allen, who was 0 for 8 in the CWS when he came to bat in the third inning, went 3 for 5 with three RBIs.

Mississippi coach Mike Bianco, left, talks to pitcher Sam Smith (29) and catcher Austin Knight, center, in the fourth inning of an NCAA baseball College
Mississippi coach Mike Bianco, left, talks to pitcher Sam Smith (29) and catcher Austin Knight, center, in the fourth inning of an NCAA baseball College World Series elimination game against TCU in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted Kirk) (Ted Kirk/AP)

Josh Laxer (3-2) worked 2 2-3 innings of relief for the win, and Aaron Greenwood went the last 1 1-3 innings for his fifth save. Jordan Kipper (8-3), who relieved struggling TCU starter Tyler Alexander, took the loss.

Allen had a two-out, two-run double in the second for a 3-0 lead, the tie-breaking base hit in the seventh, and he scored an insurance run after he singled in the ninth.

Alexander, TCU's first 10-game winner in four years, struggled for a second straight start after he won six in a row. He gave up consecutive hits to start the fourth and left with his team down three runs.


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Ole Miss starter Sam Smith lost his control and didn't make it out of the fourth, either. Laxer came on with the bases loaded and issued a two-out walk to Cody Jones that tied it 3-all. That marked the first time an inherited runner scored against the Rebels' bullpen in nine NCAA tournament games.

Each team added a run in the fifth, with Cron driving Laxer's high fastball 10 rows into the stands in left field for the CWS' second homer in 10 games.

Mississippi left fielder Braxton Lee (11) watches fans celebrate a solo home run hit by TCU first baseman Kevin Cron (0) in the fifth inning of an NCAA
Mississippi left fielder Braxton Lee (11) watches fans celebrate a solo home run hit by TCU first baseman Kevin Cron (0) in the fifth inning of an NCAA baseball College World Series elimination game in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Francis) (Eric Francis/AP)

Laxer and freshman Wyatt Short combined to retire nine straight after that. TCU threatened in the eighth, putting runners on first and second with one out. But Short struck out Dylan Fitzgerald, and Greenwood came on and got Keaton Jones to ground to shortstop, with Errol Robinson pumping his fist after throwing out Jones.

Ole Miss collected 11 hits and was 4 for 13 hitting with two outs. TCU, held to five hits, was 0 for 9 with two outs.


Mississippi’s Auston Bousfield, bottom, steals second base as TCU shortstop Keaton Jones leaps for the ball, in the fifth inning of an NCAA baseball
Mississippi's Auston Bousfield, bottom, steals second base as TCU shortstop Keaton Jones leaps for the ball, in the fifth inning of an NCAA baseball College World Series elimination game in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Francis) (Eric Francis/AP)

TCU’s Kevin Cron rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against Mississippi in the fifth inning of an NCAA baseball College World Series
TCU's Kevin Cron rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against Mississippi in the fifth inning of an NCAA baseball College World Series elimination game in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Francis) (Eric Francis/AP)