Texas slams Mizzou for 4th Big 12 baseball title

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Cameron Rupp hit a grand slam during an 11-run outburst in the fourth inning as top-seeded Texas blasted Missouri 12-7 Sunday to win its fourth Big 12 championship.

The defending champion Longhorns became the first team to win back-to-back titles since they pulled off the feat in 2002 and 2003. They also matched Nebraska with a league-high four conference crowns.

It took four relievers to get out of the fourth after Missouri starter Scooter Hicks let the first two hitters reach base. Texas' big inning was fueled by four walks and two batters who were hit by pitches.

Rupp delivered the exclamation point with a line drive that cleared the 400-foot mark in center field at the Bricktown Ballpark to make it 11-1.


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