Big XII Baseball Tournament

Here is a recap of all of the action from Day 1 of the Big XII Baseball Tournament at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City:

#4 Missouri 3
#5 Texas 2 (10 Innings)

Sophomore Trevor Coleman's single in the bottom of the 10th inning drove in junior Ryan Lollis to give No. 9 Missouri a 3-2 win on Wednesday in the first game of the 2008 Big 12 Conference Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla.

With the game tied at two, Lollis singled to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning. He moved to third on a base hit by senior Jacob Priday and scored on Coleman's walk-off single.

Missouri (38-17) has now won nine of its last 12 meetings with Texas and is 2-0 all-time against the Longhorns at the Big 12 Tournament. The Tigers have won their opener of the conference tournament in four of the last five years.

Sophomore Kyle Gibson picked up the win after 2.2 scoreless innings of work in relief. He struck out four and gave up just
two hits to improve to 9-1 on the season. He has made four appearances out of the bullpen for the Tigers in the last three weeks and has not allowed a run in any of those outings, a span of 6.2 innings.

Gibson entered Wednesday's game with a runner at third and one out in the eighth inning. He got Travis Tucker to pop out to third and struck out Jordan Danks to end the Longhorn threat.

Gibson relieved starter Rick Zagone, who allowed two runs on four hits in 7.1 innings pitched. He struck out four and walked one.

Texas (34-20) scored a run in the bottom of the second inning and took a 2-0 lead after plating a run in the fifth.

The Longhorns starting pitcher and Big 12 Freshman of the Year Chance Ruffin held Missouri to just one hit through the first five innings and struck out the first two batters in sixth inning before sophomore Aaron Senne singled and junior Priday followed by connecting on his 16th home run of the season to tie the game at two.

Priday finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBI and the homer was the 49th of his career. Senne had two hits in the game, with singles in the sixth and eighth innings.

Ruffin struck out 10 in six innings pitched, allowing two runs on three hits and taking a no decision.

Missouri, the fourth-seed in this week's Big 12 Championship, will return to Bricktown Ballpark at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday to face eighth-seed Oklahoma.

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#1 Texas A&M 1
#8 Oklahoma 4

Sophomore Andrew Doyle provided the best outing of the season by an OU pitcher and helped the Sooners (33-23-2), seeded eighth, top the 2008 Big 12 Championship’s highest seed, Texas A&M (42-15), 4-1, on the first day of the tournament at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.

Doyle (8-4) struck out a career-high 12 batters in his first complete game victory and Aaron Baker, Mike Gosse and Bryant Hernandez each drove in a run to help the Sooners top the No. 10 Aggies. The win was the second in as many games for OU over a top ten team after it defeated No. 9 Oklahoma State on Sunday to end the regular season. Baker connected for two of Oklahoma’s seven hits in the game.

The Sooners jumped on top early and took a 1-0 lead after the game’s first frame. Jamie Johnson began the game by reaching first base on an error by Blake Stouffer and then moved to third on Aljay Davis’ single. Johnson later came around to score on Gosse’s ground out to short.

In the bottom of the third, the Aggies tied things up on Kevin Gonzalez’s solo homer to left field.

After Doyle and his counterpart, Scott Migl (3-3), cruised through the fourth and fifth innings, the Sooners regained the lead in the top of
the sixth inning.

OU tallied three runs in the sixth and built a 4-1 advantage behind three hits and another error on Stouffer.

Casey Johnson started the one-out rally in the sixth and reached on the second Texas A&M error of the game. Johnson eventually scored the first of three runs in the frame on Aaron Baker’s double, which also moved Jarod Freeman (single) to third base. Bryant Hernandez provided OU with some more cushion on a sacrifice fly that not only scored Freeman from third, but also plated Aaron Baker after Kyle Colligan’s throw from center was off line.

That was all the extra insurance Doyle would need. After giving up the home run in the third, the hurler retired 18 of the final 24 batters he faced and 10 came via a strikeout. Doyle finished the complete game with one run allowed on five hits and two walks. His 12 strikeouts were the most by an OU pitcher since Stephen Porlier struck out 12 Texas A&M batters on March 23, 2007.

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#3 Nebraska 4
#6 Baylor 10

Shaver Hansen was 3-for-4 with three runs and four RBI, including a key three-run triple in Baylor’s four-run seventh as the Bears defeated 12th-ranked Nebraska 10-4 in first-day action at the Big 12 Conference Championship at Bricktown Ballpark. The sixth-seeded Bears (32-24) became the first team to win five consecutive pool-play games at the Big 12 Championship, dating back to the 2006 season. The third-seeded Huskers (39-13-1) have lost four straight games for the first time this season.

Hansen, who was making the first start of his career in the cleanup spot, singled and scored in the second and delivered an RBI single as the second run of Baylor’s two-run third as the Bears took a 3-0 lead. After Nebraska got a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth, Hansen walked and scored on Adam Hornung’s double in the sixth.

However, it was Hansen’s bases-clearing triple in the seventh that propelled the Bears to victory. Raynor Campbell and Beamer Weems opened the frame with back-to-back walks, and Ben Booker followed with a single to load the bases. Hansen yanked Mike Nesseth’s full-count offering down the right-field line, plating three with his team-leading sixth triple of the season. Hornung followed with an RBI single, pushing the Bears’ lead to 8-4.

Nebraska did not go quietly, loading the bases in the bottom of the seventh before Tyler Farst’s two-out, two-run single to left on the 12th pitch of the at bat. Baylor was quick to answer, though, taking advantage of a two-out Nebraska error in the top of the eighth. Campbell reached when Nebraska shortstop Ben Kline’s throw to first was wide, and Beamer Weems was then hit by a pitch. Booker followed with double off the right-field wall, scoring both runners.

Starter Shawn Tolleson (6-4) earned the victory, his fifth against a Big 12 team this season. The honorable mention All-Big 12 selection allowed four runs on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts over 6.1 innings; he also hit a Big 12 Championship single-game record tying three batters. Willie Kempf scattered two hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 2.2 scoreless innings for his second save of the season.

Booker and Hornung both had two-hit days and each had two RBI. Campbell scored three times, while Weems scored twice. Hansen’s
four RBI tied Baylor’s single-game record in Big 12 Championship play; he was the sixth Baylor player to accomplish the feat.

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#7 Kansas St. 3
#2 Oklahoma St. 2

Seventh-seeded Kansas State defeated No. 2 Oklahoma State. 3-2 on the first day of the Big 12 Conference Baseball Championship at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

The loss was OSU's ninth in a row at the Big 12 tournament and the Cowboys fell to 40-16 on the season.

Sophomore Tyler Blandford suffered the loss on the mound for OSU and fell to 4-5 on the season despite allowing just two earned runs on eight hits in 7.2 innings of work. The outing was the second longest of the right hander's career.

Offensively, Tom Belza collected three of OSU's eight hits and also drove in a run.

K-State (28-27) took a lead early in the contest when Nate Tenbrink delivered a two-run home run to left-centerfield in the top of the first inning.

Following the first frame, Blandford allowed just one run over the next 6.2 innings, that coming on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Dane Yelovich in the fourth inning that made the score 3-0.

OSU did not get on the scoreboard until the seventh. With one out, Luis Flores and Belza collected back-to-back singles, and Tyrone Hambly was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Donnie Webb then brought home a run with an RBI fielder's choice to cut the Cowboys' deficit to 3-1.

Following Webb's RBI, the Cowboys loaded the bases again when Jordy Mercer reached on an error, but Matt Hague lined out to second base to end the rally.

OSU tallied its final run in the eighth. Pinch hitter Rafael Thomas led off the inning with a double, and after Flores drew a two-out walk, Belza singled through the left side to plate Thomas and make the score 3-2.

But again the Cowboys would strand runners on base as pinch hitter Michael Dabbs struck out with two aboard to end the inning.

Brad Hutt (7-4) earned the win for K-State with a 6.2 inning effort in which he allowed just one run and struck out six. Daniel Edwards worked the final two innings and struck out the side in the ninth for his 11th save.


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