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2012 Big 12 Baseball Tournament: Missouri Wins Championship 8-7 Over Oklahoma

Missouri wins the 2012 Big 12 Baseball Tournament defeating Oklahoma 8-7 in the championship game.

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Big 12 Baseball Tournament 2012: Eric Garcia Named Most Outstanding Player

Missouri shortstop Eric Garcia was named Most Outstanding Player at the 2012 Big 12 Baseball Tournament that the Tigers won with an 8-7 win over Oklahoma on Sunday.

Garcia went 2 for 4 from the leadoff spot in Sunday's victory driving in one run and scoring one. He also walked and stole a bag against the Sooners. He went 7 for 14 in the tournament and was a catalyst for the Tigers who went undefeated 4-0 in the tournament.

Missouri defeated Texas in the opening game of the tournament and followed that up with a 5-3 win over Texas A&M. The Tigers knocked off Kansas 12-2 to reach the championship game where they defeated Oklahoma on Sunday.

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2012 Big 12 Baseball Tournament: Missouri Holds On For 8-7 Win Over Oklahoma

The Missouri Tigers take the 2012 Big 12 Baseball Tournament crown with an 8-7 win over Oklahoma on Sunday.

The Tigers started fast but had to hold on at the end to secure the win. Missouri staked itself to an early lead with four runs in the first inning. The Sooners came back with single runs in the second and fourth to cut the lead in half to 4-2. The Tigers added three more runs in the top of the fifth to extend the lead to 7-2 but Oklahoma answered back with three of its own in the bottom of the frame.

Oklahoma tied the game at 7-7 in the sixth with a two-run single by Garrett Carey but Missouri retook the lead in the eighth with Blake Brown scoring on a double play grounder off the bat of Dane Opel.

Michael McGraw finished with three hits for the Tigers while Dillon Everett and Ben Turner drove in two runs apiece. Caleb Bushyhead had three hits for the Sooners.

Dusty Ross gets credited for the win allowing four hits and no runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Steven Okert gets hit with the loss after allowing an unearned run in 2 1/3 innings.

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Big 12 Baseball Tournament 2012 Schedule: Missouri Faces Oklahoma In The Championship At 1 P.M. Central

Let's be honest, how many of you had these two teams in the Big 12 Tournament Final on Sunday? This is the case for the No. 4 seed Oklahoma Sooners and the No. 6 seed Missouri Tigers, as both have pulled off upsets along the way to get to the championship game in Oklahoma City.

The Big 12 Championship will air on Fox Sports Network at 1:00 p.m. Central Time at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

While this game is on a "neutral" site in OKC, the baseball fans from Norman will be in full force to support a surging Sooners team. Can the Tigers fans make a show of it and make their presence felt? Missouri made it to the Big 12 title game last year, but ultimately fell to Texas A&M. This year, Mizzou has avenged that loss by defeating the Aggies in the semifinals. Oklahoma got here by defeating the No. 1 seed Baylor Bears twice on Friday and Saturday.

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Big 12 Baseball championship: It's Mizzou Vs. Oklahoma In Conference Title Tilt

And then there were two. Oklahoma and Missouri, neither of which has .lost a game in the conference championship, will meet on Sunday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City in the championship game of the 2012 Big 12 Baseball Tournament.

Missouri completed the Sunday pairing with a convincing 12-2 win in what was the final game between the Tigers and their archrival to the west, the Kansas Jayhawks. Oklahoma earned its place in the conference tournament title game, knocking out top-seeded Baylor with a 7-2 win in the first game on Saturday. This will be the sixth time both teams playing in the championship final have been undefeated.

It will be the second straight trip to the Big 12 Championship title game for Missouri, the No. 6 seed, which lost to Texas A&M in extra innings a year ago. Oklahoma, the No. 4 seed in this year's Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Tournament, last reached the championship game in 1997, where the Sooners defeated Texas Tech for their only tournament crown in the Big 12 era.

Missouri got a brilliant pitching performance from starter John Miles and two relievers, limiting Kansas to just three hits on the afternoon. Tigers' right fielder Dane Opel was three for five with five RBI to lead his team to the win. The Tigers also got three hits each from catcher Ben Turner and DH Michael McGraw. Tucker Tharp, the Jayhawks' right fielder and leadoff hitter, had two of KU's three hits, including the game's only home run in the third.

Missouri led 5-1 after four innings, but scored four in the seventh and three in the bottom of the eighth to seal the victory.

"We want to win a Big 12 championship," Tiger coach Tim Jamieson said after his team's victory over Kansas, "but with that comes the chance to play in another (NCAA) regional." About his team's opponent in the championship, he said: "They're pretty dynamic on the mound."

Missouri and Oklahoma played a three-game series earlier in the spring in Norman, with the Sooners winning all three games. The Tigers are leading all of the teams in this year's Big 12 Championship with a batting average of .344 in their three games, and also leads all teams in opponents' batting average (.178). Both pitching staffs go into the championship game with ERAs under 2.00.

OU coach Sunny Golloway likes the Sooners' chances on Sunday: "We knew if we were able to get the pieces all together, we would have something special. Our lineup is feeding off of each other right now."

This is the fifth time a No. 6 seed has made it to the conference championship game in baseball in the Big 12's 16-year history. The record of sixth seeds in tournament finals is 1-3.

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2012 Big 12 Baseball Tournament: Missouri Eliminates Kansas, Advances To Championship Game

Kansas' Big 12 tournament run ended as they were defeated by Missouri 12-2 after eight innings of play. Missouri got out to a 5-2 lead after four innings and the also knocked out Kansas' starting pitcher Tanner Poppe after one inning and then Jordan Jakubov only lasted three innings.

Missouri really got a hold of reliever Robert Kahana who gave up four runs in only 1.2 innings, and with Missouri leading 9-2 the game was slipping away for Kansas.

The game ended early after Missouri scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to win by 10 runs. In the final frame Missouri's Dane Opel hit a two-RBI triple and the game was officially over when Michael McGraw hit a sacrifice fly to score Opel to secure the win.

Opel led Missouri's offense by going 3-for-5, scoring three runs and knocking in five RBI.

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Big 12 Baseball Tournament: Oklahoma To Meet Winner Of Missouri-Kansas Border Bash

The Big 12 Baseball Championship has moved through three rounds in three days and into what can now be called the Final Three. Oklahoma eliminated conference regular-season champion and tournament top-seed Baylor by a 7-2 score in the first of two games scheduled for Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. That leaves three teams still standing, with OU being the highest seeded team at No. 4.

The other two schools are Missouri and Kansas, which has to be considered a huge surprise, given that the two longtime archrivals entered the Championship as the sixth and seventh seeds, respectively.

The Tigers and the Jayhawks will play the second game on Saturday for the rite to advance to the tournament championship game on Sunday. Missouri is 2-0 in the Big 12 Championship with victories over Texas and Texas A&M. Kansas lost its opening-round game to Texas A&M, but came back to win successive elimination games over Texas and Texas A&M to advance to the semifinal round and yet one more Border showdown with Mizzou.

Kansas and Missouri played a three-game series in Lawrence last weekend in what, at the time, was believed to be the final athletic contest between the two rival schools. The Jayhawks won two of three, enabling them to secure a spot in the conference championship.

If Missouri defeats the Jayhawks on Saturday afternoon, Kansas will be eliminated and the Tigers will play OU in the championship final on Sunday. If the Jayhawks knock off undefeated Mizzou in the afternoon game, the two teams will play a second game Saturday evening, with the winner advancing.

The Jayhawks rode the complete-game, 150-pitch performance of Thomas Taylor in defeating Texas A&M in the late game on Friday. The KU right-hander held the potent A&M offense to just seven hits and three runs, two of which came in the first frame, in posting a 5-3 victory. The win reversed a 7-4 loss by Kansas to the third-seeded Aggies in the opening round. Taylor outdueled A&M's Ross Stripling, a 10-game winner and one of the league's best starting pitchers, who also threw a complete game in suffering only his third loss of the year.

"I've been coaching 34 years and never had a kid throw 150 pitches," said Kansas head coach Ritch Price. "He's trying to play professional baseball. He's got a huge stage out there, and the game is on the line. If we were going to lose it, he was going to be the guy to throw the last pitch."

Oklahoma's victory on Saturday over Baylor, their second win over the Bears in the Championship, came behind the power hitting of designated-hitter Max Oberste. Oberste clubbed a two-run homer in the Sooners three-run second inning and a solo shot in the fourth that staked OU starter Jonathan Gray to a 4-0 lead. Gray went 7.2 innings, his longest outing of the season, giving up six hits to the conference champions and striking out six.

The Sooners are advancing to the Big 12 Championship title game for the first time since 1997, when they defeated Texas Tech 19-17 for the championship, their only tournament championship in the Big 12 era. OU was the No. 4 seed that season as well.

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Big 12 Baseball Tournament 2012 Schedule: Four Games Possible Saturday

The 2012 Big 12 Baseball Tournament continues on Saturday, with two games definitely scheduled -- and a possibility for four games to be held.

Top-seeded Baylor will get the festivities started on Saturday morning, as they take on No. 4 Oklahoma at 9:00 a.m. CT. If Oklahoma wins, the Sooners will advance to the Big 12 championship game on Saturday. If Baylor wins, Baylor and Oklahoma will play again on Saturday, at 4:00 p.m. ET, with the winner advancing to the championship game on Sunday.

Like Oklahoma, Kansas faces an uphill battle on Saturday. The No. 7 seeded Jayhawks take on No. 6 Missouri at 12:30 p.m. CT. Should the Jayhawks pull off their second upset in as many days, they'll take on Missouri again, at 7:30 p.m. CT on Saturday night, with the winner of that game advancing to the Big 12 title game, either against Baylor or Oklahoma. If Missouri wins the first game on Saturday, then the Tigers advance to the championship game on Sunday.

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2012 Big 12 Conference Baseball Tournament: Kansas Eliminates Texas A&M, 5-3

No. 7 seeded Kansas was able to stay alive after upsetting No. 2 seeded Texas A&M by winning 5-3. Kansas was able to get revenge against Texas A&M after falling in the opening game 10-4.

This time around Kansas was able to hold off the Texas A&M bats as starting pitcher Thomas Taylor who earned the win for the Jayhawks by pitching a complete game, while striking out a season-high nine batters.

Kansas responded to Texas A&M's two runs they scored in the first inning by scoring two runs in the bottom of the second, and then taking the lead for good by putting up another two runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Texas A&M had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth when they had men on first and second base with no outs, but Taylor was able to get out of the inning by forcing a fly out and then with two men on and one out Texas A&M hit into a double to end the game.

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Big 12 Baseball Championship: Kansas State Bows Out In Another Blowout By Baylor

As the eighth seed in an eight-team championship, Kansas State chances of making it beyond the second game in the Big 12 Baseball Championship were about as low as its tournament seed.

The Wildcats had their bats humming in their second outing against Oklahoma State after losing their opening-round game to conference regular-season champion and top-seed Baylor, but the Bears, facing elimination, shut down K-State in a rematch on Friday, 11-2, knocking the Wildcats out of the Championship.

Baylor scored two runs in the first and second innings and added single runs in the fourth and sixth to run off a 6-0 margin before K-State could get on the board. A four-spot in the eighth by Baylor put the game away.

The Bears were highly efficient offensively, scoring 11 runs on 11 hits off of six Kansas State pitchers. Baylor catcher Josh Ludy clubbed his 12th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the Bears' four-run eighth. Left fielder Jon Davis of K-State hit a solo shot in the seventh. Trevor Bremer went eight innings for Baylor, yielding both of the Wildcats' runs on seven hits in recording his sixth win of the season to go with one loss.

Kansas State committed four errors, which did little to help the Wildcats' cause. Wildcat starter Robert Youngdahl only lasted 1.2 innings, giving up the first four Baylor runs. Kansas State finishes its season with a 27-31 overall record and 7-17, tied for seventh place in the conference.

Baylor, ranked in the top ten nationally, will now face No. 4 seed Oklahoma on Saturday. The Sooners defeated the Bears 3-2 in the second-round game for both teams, OU's fourth consecutive win this season over Baylor.

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Big 12 Baseball Championship: KC-Area Schools Defying Tournament Seedings

In most tournaments, regardless of the sport, the best teams, the ones awarded the high seeds when the brackets are formed, are the teams expected to meet up in the end in the championship final. This doesn't always work out, of course, and for the lower-seeded teams, that "on any given day" ray of hope is what makes it all worthwhile.

Missouri, Kansas and Kansas State were the lowest-seeded teams entering the
Big 12 Baseball Championship in Oklahoma City this week. That means none of the three local teams was expected to make it beyond their guaranteed two games in the double-elimination tournament. Kansas and Kansas State weren't even sure of making it into the tournament at this time last week.

This year's Championship started off as projected with top-seeded Baylor easily handling K-State for the fourth time this season and Kansas losing to Texas A&M, the No. 2 seed, on the opening day Wednesday. Missouri, the tournament's sixth seed, pulled off the biggest shocker of the first round, defeating Texas 4-2 and advancing to the winner's bracket in the second round.

On Thursday, the tournament brackets were completely blown up. The lower-seeded team prevailed in each of the four games on Thursday. Two teams (Oklahoma State and Texas) were eliminated from the Championship in Thursday's action, leaving six teams still alive for the quarterfinals on Friday, including seventh-seeded Kansas and the No. 8 seed, Kansas State. Meanwhile Missouri is one of only two teams, along with Oklahoma, that is still unbeaten through two games. As a result, the Tigers and Sooners do not play again until Saturday.

On Thursday, Kansas State eliminated Oklahoma State with an 11-5 win, Kansas then surprised Texas 4-2, knocking the Longhorns out of the Championship, and Missouri upset Texas A&M 5-3 to complete the second round. In between, Oklahoma squeaked by No. 1 seed Baylor for the Sooners fourth consecutive win over the Bears in less than a month.

The big question on Friday is: Can the Jayhawks and the Wildcats reverse their opening-round losses to Texas A&M and Baylor, respectively, in their elimination games against the tournament's top two seeds. An extremely tall order, but the way things have been going in this year's Big 12 Championship, I wouldn't rule it out.

For Kansas to beat Texas A&M, the odds are very high that the Jayhawks are going to have to score more than the four runs a game that they have averaged this season. KU did score four times against the Aggies on Wednesday, but the Aggies tallied seven times, one above their season average. The Jayhawks also are hoping to win back-to-back tournament games for the first time since 2006. To do so, however, they will have to beat one of the best pitchers in the Big 12 in A&M's Ross Stripling, who owns a 10-2 record on the season.

All four games this season between Kansas State and Baylor have been high-scoring, with the Bears outscoring the Wildcats 42-30. In two of the game, the two teams combined for 49 runs and the contests were decided by just three runs total. K-State will be hoping to keep the score close, which will give the Cats their best chance against the Big 12 regular-season champion.

Just to fantasize for a moment, if Kansas and Kansas State were somehow able to survive Friday's quarterfinals, that would leave the two Kansas schools, Missouri and Oklahoma (the No. 6, 7 and 8 seeds and the No. 4 seed) to vie for the championship. That would mark the first time all three local schools advanced to the semifinal round in Big 12 history, not to mention that they are the three lowest seeds, which also would be a Championship first.

Looking ahead to Saturday, Oklahoma awaits the winner of Baylor vs. Kansas State, and Missouri will play the winner of the game between Kansas and Texas A&M.

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2012 Big 12 Baseball Tournament Schedule: Kansas, Kansas State Are Still Alive

The Big 12 baseball tournament features a pair of elimination games on Friday with the winners advancing to the semifinals on Saturday. No. 7 seeded Kansas and No. 8 seeded Kansas State are still alive after pulling off upsets to avoid elimination from Thursday.

Kansas sent No. 3 Texas home by defeating the Longhorns 4-2, and now the reward for Kansas is to face top-seeded Baylor who fell to No. 4 seeded Oklahoma for the fourth straight time.

Kansas State advanced by defeating No. 5 seed Oklahoma State 11-5 to advance, and now face No. 2 seeded Texas A&M in the second game Friday night.

Friday's 2012 Big 12 baseball tournament schedule (all times central):

  • No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 8 Kansas State, 3:15 p.m.
  • No. 2 Texas A&M vs. No. 7 Kansas, 7 p.m.

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Big 12 Baseball Championship: Missouri Completes Full Day of Upsets, Beating Texas A&M

The Missouri Tigers have made a habit of making strong runs in the Big 12 Baseball Championship, but this year is looking like it could be the most special of all. The Tigers upset No. 3 seed Texas on Wednesday, and followed that up by beating Texas A&M, the No, 2 seed, 5-3 on Thursday, which moves the Tigers into the winner's bracket and a possible rematch with the Aggies on Saturday.

If the sixth-seeded Tigers win on Saturday, they will play in the championship game on Sunday. Mizzou was in the championship game a year ago, losing in extra innings to Texas A&M. Both Missouri and Texas A&M are playing in their final Big 12 baseball season. Both schools will move to the Southeastern Conference, effective July 1.

Shortstop Eric Garcia was two for three at the plate for the Tigers, and center fielder Blake Brown hit his tenth home run of the season, a solo shot to left field in the fourth.

Missouri, now 2-0 in the 2012 Championship, never trailed in the game, beating one of the best pitchers in the Big 12 in A&M right-handed starter Michael Wacha, who was 8-0 coming into Thursday's game.

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Big 12 Baseball Championship: Oklahoma Edges Top-Seed Baylor To Remain Unbeaten

Two weeks ago, Oklahoma and Baylor, then ranked No. 2 in the country, met in a three-game series in Norman. The Sooners swept the conference-champion Bears, giving them their first loss in 18 consecutive games. Two of the games were decided by single runs, so it was reasonable to assume that when the same two teams met Thursday in the winner's bracket of the Big 12 Baseball Championship in Oklahoma City the game would be closely contested.

And that's exactly what happened. The Sooners pushed across a run in the bottom of the ninth to break a 2-2 deadlock and earn themselves a day off before they have to play again. Oklahoma got seven solid innings from starting pitcher Jordan John, who gave up six hits and struck out seven Bears on his way to the win.

Cody Reine slugged a solo home run in the OU half of the seventh inning to pull the Sooners even with the Bears at two runs apiece. Oklahoma, the No. 4 seed in the postseason conference tournament, was able to pull out the win despite committing three errors in the field.

Baylor pushed across its lone runs of the game in the visitor's half of the fourth on three singles and an OU throwing error.

Baylor will next face Kansas State, 11-5 victory over Oklahoma State earlier on Thursday, in an elimination game on Friday. These same two teams tangled in the second game of the tournament on Wednesday, with Baylor winning easily, 11-1. Oklahoma, 2-0 in this year's Championship, will not play again until Saturday, when the Sooners will meet the winner of the Friday Baylor-K-State game.

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Big 12 Baseball Championship: Kansas Pulls Off Second Stunner Of The Day, Sending Texas Packing

The lower seeds in the Big 12 Baseball Championship continue to pull off surprises. Just a couple of hours after eighth-seeded Kansas State knocked off and knocked out Oklahoma State from this year's conference championship tournament in Oklahoma City, Kansas, the seventh seed did the same to perennial power Texas, downing the Longhorns 4-2 to move into the third round on Friday.

Oklahoma State came into the conference championship seeded fifth, but lost in consecutive games to Bedlam rival Oklahoma and then 11-5 to Kansas State on Thursday. Texas failed to survive against two local teams. Sixth-seeded Missouri shutout the Longhorns 5-0 on Wednesday, sending last season's co-conference champion in the regular season to the elimination round, where Kansas shut down the Horns' offense a second straight day, allowing them only two runs in a 4-2 Jayhawk victory.

Kansas scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning, which turned out to be all the Jayhawks needed for the victory. Texas scored one run in the third and another in its final at bat in the ninth.

Freshman left-hander Wes Benjamin started for Kansas and went six innings, allowing just five hits and one run. Catcher James Stanfield and first baseman Chris Manship went two for three and two for four, respectively at the plate, each scoring a run, to lead the Jayhawks.

The Jayhawks' second-round victory over Texas marked the Longhorns' sixth loss in its last nine games, which is sure to affect their seeding in the NCAA Tournament, which begins next week. Meanwhile Kansas now moves on and will play the loser of Thursday night's game between Missouri and Texas A&M, the No, 2 seed. Should Missouri lose to A&M, the Tigers would then engage in yet one more Border Showdown against longtime archrival Kansas.

The Kansas victory over Texas was the Jayhawks' first in three meetings with the Longhorns in the Big 12 Championship and only the 17th win in 59 games between the two schools all-time.

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Big 12 Baseball championship: Kansas State Stays Alive With Big Win Over Oklahoma State

Fewer than five days ago, there was no certainty that Kansas State would be among the eight teams that qualified for the Big 12 Baseball Championship, going on through Sunday in Oklahoma City. The Wildcats made it in, however, but as the eighth seed, their opening draw was top-seeded Baylor.

The Wildcats fell badly to Baylor, 11-1, in Wednesday's opening round, but the purple gang out of the Little Apple came back strong on Thursday, scoring 10 runs in the first four innings to pull off a rout of their own, eliminating fifth-seeded Oklahoma State with an 11-5 victory. Kansas State now moves on to the third round on Friday against the loser of the game later today between Baylor and No. 4 seed Oklahoma, which handed Oklahoma State an opening-game 1-0 loss.

Jake Brown led the Wildcats on offense, going four for five on the day, and Ross Kivett drove in two of the Kansas State runs, hitting safely in three out of five trips to the plate. The Wildcats had 12 hits as a team.

The other big surprise of the conference championship so far was Missouri's 5-0 shutout of the tournament's No, 3 seed, the Texas Longhorns. Southpaw starter Rob Zastryzny worked 8 1/3 innings against the Longhorns, giving up just five hits to record the victory. The Tigers scored a run in the third and four more in the fourth to complete the scoring.

Missouri, playing in its final Big 12 tournament, moves on to play second-seeded Texas A&M, which is moving to the Southeastern Conference after this season along with Mizzou.

Like Kansas State, Kansas is also facing elimination today after losing its first-round contest to Texas A&M 10-4 on Wednesday. The Jayhawks are facing Texas (the game is currently in progress), which also fell in its opening tournament game, to Mizzou.

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Big 12 Baseball Tournament: Kansas, Kansas State Facing Elimination

The second day of the Big 12 tournament has an early start when Kansas State takes on Oklahoma State in an elimination game at 9 a.m. central time. Kansas State lost their first game in an 11-1 drubbing against top seeded Baylor Wednesday afternoon. While Oklahoma State lost a heart breaking 1-0 game against Oklahoma.

No. 7 seeded Kansas fell in their opening round game as well by falling 10-4 to Texas A&M, so the Jayhawks also are facing elimination. Kansas is taking on No. 3 seeded Texas who was upset 5-0 by Missouri.

Missouri was the only lower seeded team to win in the first round as they were able to shutout No. 4 seeded Texas 5-0. By winning Missouri gets to take on No. 2 seeded Texas in the final game on Thursday night. This season Missouri went 1-2 against Texas A&M, but the two loses were by a combined three runs.

Here is Thursday's schedule (all times central):

  • Oklahoma State (No. 5, 0-1) vs Kansas State (No. 8, 0-1) 9:00 a.m. (Big 12 Digital Network)
  • Texas (No. 3, 0-1) vs Kansas (No. 7, 0-1) 12:30 p.m. (Big 12 Digital Network)
  • Oklahoma (No. 4, 1-0) vs Baylor (No. 1, 1-0) 4:00 p.m.(Big 12 Digital Network)
  • Texas A&M (No. 2, 1-0) vs Missouri (No. 5, 1-0) 7:30 p.m. (Big 12 Digital Network)
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Big 12 Baseball Tournament Scores: Texas A&M Defeats Kansas 10-4

The third game of Wednesday's Big 12 tournament slate is now complete -- and it's not quite the result Kansas Jayhawks fans were hoping for. The Texas A&M Aggies defeated Kansas with ease on Wednesday, winning 10-4.

Frank Duncan took the loss for Kansas. Duncan pitched five and two thirds innings, allowing seven runs on 10 hits. Duncan issued only one walk and struck out seven Aggies. The loss dropped Duncan's record to 6-8 on the season.

Kansas' bats struggled to find an answer against Texas A&M starter Daniel Mengden. Mengden improved to 3-3 with the win on Wednesday, pitching 6.2 innings en route to the victory. Mengden allowed just one unearned run on five hits, while walking one and striking out five.

Kansas will now take on the loser of tonight's game between between No. 3 seed Texas and No. 6 seed Missouri in an elimination game. First pitch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. CT on Thursday afternoon.

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Big 12 Baseball Tournament: Baylor Defeats K-State 11-1

The Kansas State Wildcats fell in the first-round of the Big 12 tournament on Wednesday afternoon, losing 11-1 to the Baylor Bears. Not only did Kansas State lose to Baylor, but they were mercy-ruled by the Bears.

Josh Turley pitched the strange seven-inning complete game for Baylor, as he held Kansas State's offense in check all day. Turley allowed just one run on five hits and two walks, but only struck out one batter.

Kayvon Bahramzadeh started the game for K-State, and picked up the loss. Bahramzadeh lasted just four and two-thirds innings, allowing six runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out four.

Josh Ludy carried Baylor's offense, hitting home runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. Ludy finished the day a perfect two for two with a walk at the plate, belting two home runs and driving in six runs.

Kansas State will now take on Oklahoma State on Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. in an elimination game. Baylor, meanwhile, will face Oklahoma at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.

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Big 12 Baseball: Kansas, Missouri May Get Another Last Stand In Conference Tourney

Baylor comes into the Big 12 Baseball Championship, which begins Wednesday, as the No. 1 seed and the favorite, but the Bears are only 2-4 in their last six games after beginning the conference season on a record-setting 18-game winning streak.

With the Championship being held Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, it was an interesting scheduling draw that the tournament would start off with Bedlam, pitting the two Oklahoma schools against one another. The Sooners, the No. 4 seed, prevailed in the curtain-opener over Oklahoma State, winning 1-0 in a game that was scoreless entering the ninth inning.

OU third-baseman Garrett Carey's walk-off homerun in the bottom of the ninth off Cowboys' ace starter Andrew Heaney, was the difference. Carey's home run was only the Sooners' third hit of the game. The win was the Sooners' eighth consecutive tournament win over its Bedlam Series rival. The Cowboys won three of four over Sonny Golloway's Sooners during the regular season this year.

Kansas (22-23, 7-16 in the conference), which qualified for the eight-team postseason tournament field by taking two out of three games from longtime neighboring-state rival Missouri in what may have been the final meeting between the two schools, will play No. 2-seed and two-time defending conference-tournament champion Texas A&M in one of the evening games on Wednesday. A&M won two of three on the road against the Jayhawks during the regular season.

Missouri (28-26, 10-14), the No. 6 seed in the tournament, is slotted in Division Two in the Championship along with the Jayhawks, which means that the Border Showdown may get one more go depending on how the two teams fare in their opening-round games. The Tigers, like Kansas, have a difficult draw in game one against Texas, the No. 3 seed, but Mizzou won two of three against the Longhorns during the regular season. Tiger coach Tim Jamieson is one win shy of 600 wins for his coaching careet.

Kansas State (26-29, 7-17) avoided being left at home for the Big 12 Tourney by winning two of three from Texas Tech last weekend and edging out the Red Raiders as the eighth and final seed. That is the good news. The bad news is that the Wildcats first-round opponent on Wednesday afternoon is Baylor. Surprisingly, the Wildcats played the conference champions extremely tough in their regular-season series. The Bears swept the series, but only by a margin of six runs combined, including back-to-back high-scoring games of 14-12 and 12-11.

Oklahoma and Baylor have qualified for every Big 12 Championship since the league was formed, beginning with the 1996-97 season. Baylor has appeared in the championship game six times, more than any other team in the conference, but has yet to win a postseason conference championship.

The Big 12 Baseball Championship is played under a two-division, double-elimination format. The eight teams with the best conference records qualify for the postseason tournament. Seeds one, four five and six are slotted in Division One, and the remaining seeds (two, three, seven and eight) form Division Two. There is no crossover play until the winners of each division meet in the championship game, which will be played on Sunday.

In the history of the Big 12 Championship, seven different teams have won the title. Texas has won the most championships with four; Texas A&M has three crowns, including the past two). Kansas State, Missouri and Baylor are the only schools that have not won a postseason conference championship in Big 12 history.

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2012 Big 12 Baseball Tournament, Final Score: OU Defeats OSU 1-0

In the opening game of the 2012 Big 12 baseball tournament in Oklahoma City, No. 4 seed Oklahoma out-lasted No. 5 seed Oklahoma State in a 1-0 pitcher's duel.

Garrett Carey picked the perfect time for his first home run of the season, as the junior infielder was responsible for the game's only run.

Oklahoma State's Andrew Heaney allowed only three hits while throwing a complete game, but Carey's solo shot was enough to give him only his third loss of the season.

Dillon Overton had just as strong a pitching performance for Oklahoma, throwing 7.1 of scoreless baseball before giving way to Steven Okert.

The Cowboys had a golden opportunity late in the game, with runners on first and second with no outs in the eighth inning, but they were unable to capitalize.

The Sooners move on to face the winner of the Texas A&M vs. Kansas game that will take place later on Wednesday.

Stay up to date on all the happenings in the Big 12 baseball tournament at the SB Nation Kansas City story-stream.

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2012 NCAA Baseball Regional Projections: Wichita State Headed To Tallahassee

Wichita State is projected to be one of the last five teams selected the NCAA Baseball Regionals, with one having the Shockers as the No. 3 seed at the Tallahassee site, hosted by the nation's No. 1 team Florida State Seminoles.

Other teams projected in the Tallahassee region other than Wichita State and Florida State are Mississippi and Bethune-Cookman.

If this projection holds true, Wichita State would be the only team representing the state of Kansas in the regionals, since Kansas barely made the Big 12 Conference Tournament.

First, the third-seed Shocks want to take care of business in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, starting with sixth-seed Southern Illinois. When the conference tournament is over, the Shocks could find themselves pitted against what is considered to be the best college baseball team in the nation.

Wichita State recorded a 35-23 record for the season.

Read more about NCAA Regionals as it all unfolds at SB Nation Kansas City, SB Nation Atlanta, SB Nation Houston and SB Nation Dallas.

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Big 12 Baseball Tournament Bracket 2012: Kansas Takes On Texas A&M Wednesday

The Kansas Jayhawks earned the No. 7 seed in the 2012 Big 12 Baseball Tournament and will take on Texas A&M on Wednesday. Depending on that outcome, the Jayhawks will either play Missouri or Texas on Thursday.

Here is a complete look at the 2012 Big 12 Bracket:

Game 1 5/23 10:00 AM Oklahoma State (#5)
Oklahoma (#4)

Game 2 5/23 1:30 PM Kansas State (#8)
Baylor (#1)

Game 3 5/23 5:00 PM Kansas (#7)
Texas A&M (#2)

Game 4 5/23 8:30 PM Missouri (#6)
Texas (#3)

Game 5 5/24 10:00 AM Loser, Game 1
Loser, Game 2

Game 6 5/24 1:30 PM Loser, Game 3
Loser, Game 4

Game 7 5/24 5:00 PM Winner, Game 1
Winner, Game 2

Game 8 5/24 8:30 PM Winner, Game 3
Winner, Game 4

Game 9 5/25 4:00 PM Winner, Game 5
Loser, Game 7

Game 10 5/25 8:00 PM Winner, Game 6
Loser, Game 8

Game 11 5/26 10:00 AM Winner, Game 7
Winner, Game 9

Game 12 5/26 1:30 PM Winner, Game 8
Winner, Game 10

Game 13 5/26 5:00 PM Winner, Game 7
Winner, Game 9

Game 14 5/26 8:30 PM Winner, Game 8
Winner, Game 10

Game 15 5/27 2:00 PM Winner, Bracket 1
Winner, Bracket 2

Read more about the Jayhawks at Rock Chalk Talk.

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Big 12 Conference Tournament: Kansas Jayhawks Face Texas A&M Aggies

The Kansas Jayhawks baseball team landed the No. 7 seed in the Big 12 tournament.

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