Missouri, the eighth seed in the Big 12 Baseball Championship going on this week in Oklahoma City, pulled off the stunner of the tournament in upsetting Texas, the No. 1 seed and fifth-ranked team in the nation, 6-4 Wednesday afternoon at RedHawks Field at Bricktown.
Missouri has now won 19 and lost 21 in Big 12 Championship action.
The Tigers scored three runs in the sixth inning, triggered by a double with the bases loaded by MU designated hitter Jonah Schmidt, to break a 3-3 tie and go up 6-3. Schmidt had two hits on the afternoon and drove in four runs.
The Longhorns, who lost only seven conference games all season, scored a single tally in the eighth, but that was all. Missouri right-hander Eric Anderson went seven innings, giving up eight hits and three earned runs, to get the win.
Missouri improved its season record to 25-30, and will move on to play No. 4 seed Oklahoma State, a 6-2 winner over Baylor earlier today, in the second round Thursday afternoon. Texas (40-14) will take on Baylor in a loser’s bracket game on Thursday.
“It was a great team effort,” said Missouri coach Tim Jamieson. "It gives us a chance to keep playing until Sunday. “We realize that’s what we have to do. We have to keep winning to keep playing.”