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Missouri Tigers Lose Heartbreaker To Texas A&M In Big 12 Baseball Championship

Texas A&M second basemen Andrew Collazo hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday afternoon at Red Hawks Field in Oklahoma City, lifting the Aggies to an emotional 10-9 victory over the Missouri Tigers.

Missouri has built an early 6-0 lead after just two innings, highlighted by key hitting up and down the roster. Tigers two through four hitters Brannon Champagne, Eric Garcia, and Jonah Schmidt went a combined 6-for-6 in their first two plate appearances, accounting for all six RBI's.

After getting through the first two innings unscathed, Mizzou starer Eric Anderson ran into trouble in the third inning allowing five runs in the third. What really hurt the Tigers were four of the runs were unearned as they came after Collazo reached base on an error. After Tyler Naquin and Krey Bratsen flew out for A&M, four more Aggies would come around to score.

Texas A&M would then go on to take a 7-6 lead in the fourth after Matt Juengel singled to score Collazo. The Aggies had tied the game on a Bratsen sacrifice fly.

Mizzou tied the game at 7 in the sixth inning courtesy of left fielder Conner Mach's fourth home run of the season.

After the Aggies took a 8-7 lead, Mizzou countered with two runs in the top of the ninth inning to take a 9-8 lead. The inning began with both Garcia and Schmidt reaching base. Garcia scored on Blake Brown ground out, and Schmidt eventually gave the Tigers a lead with on a Jesse Santo single.

Texas A&M once again tied the score in the bottom of the ninth when pinch runner Scott Arthur stole second and scored on Gregg Alcazar pinch-hit single.

That set the stage for Collazo's game winning home run, his first of the season. Dusty Ross (3-5) took the loss for Missouri, as the Tigers finish the season with a 27-32 record. Texas A&M improved to 42-18, winning their third Big 12 Conference tournament title in the past five seasons. The boxscore from today can be viewed here.

Mizzou players Mach, Schmidt, and pitcher Kelly Fick were all named to the all tournament team, while A&M's Collazo was named the captain.