COLLEGE STATION -- TCU baseball won its fourth consecutive elimination game Monday night to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time since 2010.
The Horned Frogs (40-20) defeated Ole Miss 7-4 in front of 3,579 at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park to keep their season alive.
TCU advances to play UCLA in Los Angeles in a best-of-three series. The first is set for 8 p.m. Friday and the second at 8 p.m. Saturday. The third game, if necessary, is set for 9 p.m. Sunday.
The Bruins (45-14) swept their regional in three games, beating Creighton twice and New Mexico once by a combined score of 23-6. UCLA has won seven consecutive games and 14 of its past 15.
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TCU has had to fight for its life the past three days after losing its regional opener Friday.
Pitching, which has been the backbone of the Frogs all season, took a backseat to the Frogs' offense as TCU stayed alive with a 28-12 win over Dayton and a 10-2 win over Texas A&M.
But in the end, it came back to the Frogs' arms. Preston Morrison, who pitched 61/3 innings in the Frogs' opening loss, pitched the first 41/3 Monday night before Justin Scharf came in to finish the final 42/3 innings for the win.
It was Scharf's longest outing of the season, and the third TCU pitcher in the Frogs' past three games to have a career-best outing.
Stefan Crichton pitched his first complete game in the win against the Aggies on Sunday afternoon. Brandon Finnegan pitched a career-high 71/3 innings in the Frogs' win Sunday night against Ole Miss.
Crichton and Scharf were two of seven Frogs selected to the all-regional team. Scharf was selected the Regional's Most Outstanding Player.
"This is obviously a big day in the history of our program, the way we went about it," said TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle, who won his first regional on the road. "I'm really proud of Justin's durability and the way we played defense in the infield. We said all year long our last 20 games would be so much better than our first 30."
TCU is 26-7 since April 6.
"All year our pitching has been great and we knew if we could ever get the bats rolling consistently we could play great team baseball," said Josh Elander, whose home run in the fourth tied it at 1-1 Monday night.
TCU took a 2-1 lead when Jantzen Witte followed one out later with a solo shot, but the Rebels came right back with two runs in the fifth to reclaim the lead against Morrison.
Scharf took over with runners on second and third and one out. He loaded the bases with an intentional walk to set up a double play. Zach Kirksey's sacrifice fly to left scored the go-ahead run but Scharf forced a ground out to end the inning.
The Frogs scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to take back the lead. Josh Gonzales and Brance Rivera started with a walk and hit and Keaton Jones scored Gonzales on a soft ground out to third. Rivera came around from second on Kyle Von Tungeln's single up the middle to give the Frogs a 4-3 edge.
Rivera's double scored Derek Odell in the sixth to stretch TCU's lead to 5-3. Rivera came into the regional with 16 RBIs in 46 games. In five games at the College Station Regional, Rivera led all players with nine RBIs and nine runs scored. The Frogs hit 10 home runs in five regional games and have 15 in their past nine games.
Meanwhile, Scharf held the Rebels to two hits over the last 42/3 innings to hold the lead. Scharf held opponents to five hits in 81/3 innings in the regional. He had a save and earned the win Monday night.
"I just threw strikes and let the defense behind make the plays," Scharf said.
TCU returns to the Super Regional round -- two wins from the College World Series -- for the first time since 2010. The Frogs beat Texas then to advance to their first CWS."Our senior class has been very blessed to play in some big games but this weekend is one of the most fun I've ever been apart of," said Rivera, one of three seniors on the team."