Kansas State 5 Kansas 4
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Rob Vaughn’s double in the bottom of the eighth scored Jordan Cruz and broke a 4-4 tie and James Allen tossed a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts as 17th-ranked Kansas State battled to a 5-4 win Tuesday over Kansas in the opening game of the 2009 Big 12 Baseball Championship.
The win gave Kansas State’s its record 40th win of the season as the Wildcats are now 40-15-1 on the year. Kansas moved to 37-20 overall after Tuesday’s contest. The Cats also improved to 10-20 all time in conference tournaments, including a 4-1 mark against Kansas.
With the game tied at four apiece, Kansas reliever Cameron Selik (1-2) forced a pair of fly outs to left field to start the eighth. Jordan Cruz was next and singled up the middle to put the go-head run on base. Rob Vaughn was next and, on an 0-1 pitch, hit a line drive into center field. Kansas center fielder Jason Brunansky dove for the ball to make the final out, but the ball went by him, allowing Cruz to score from first and giving Kansas State its second one-run lead of the game.
Baylor 14 Texas 9
OKLAHOMA CITY — Dustin Dickerson’s two-run double keyed an eight-run sixth inning as Baylor rallied past fifth-ranked Texas 14-9 in Wednesday’s pool-play action at the Big 12 Conference Championship. Baylor (28-23) posted its first victory over a Big 12 opponent since April 17 and snapped a six-game skid against ranked opponents.
It was the Baylor’s 13th come-from-behind victory this season and the Bears’ largest scoring output against Texas (38-13-1) since a 16-6 victory in the 2001 series finale. Baylor became the sixth eight seed to defeat the top seed in the first day of the Big 12 Championship in the 11 years since the event went to an eight-team format.
Baylor trailed 7-3 entering the sixth inning, but the Bears loaded the bases with one out. Ben Booker delivered an RBI single, and Don Lambert followed with an RBI walk. After Brooks Kimmey’s pinch-hit sacrifice fly, Joey Hainsfurther reloaded the bases with a walk. That set the stage for Dickerson’s double to left-center that gave the Bears an 8-7 lead. Raynor Campbell followed with an RBI single, and Shaver Hansen’s two-run double capped the inning.
The Bears stretched their lead to 13-7 with two runs on three hits and a Texas error in the seventh. The Longhorns got a pair of runs back on Brandon Belt’s two-run homer in the bottom of the inning, but that was as close as Texas would get. Dan Evatt tacked on a solo homer in the ninth to close the scoring.
Missouri 5 Texas A&M 2
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.- – No. 3-seeded Missouri won its opening game of the Big 12 Championship for the fifth time in the last six years with a 5-2 victory over sixth-seed Texas A&M on Wednesday at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Junior Kyle Gibson struck out seven and allowed just three hits in six scoreless innings pitched to pick up his 10th win of the season. The victory was the 27th of his career, tying him for third place in school history for career wins.
The seven strikeouts for Gibson on Wednesday give him 123 for the season, which is tied for fourth most in MU history. He needs five more strikeouts to move into second place and is only eight behind record holder Max Scherzer (2005).
Junior Greg Folgia drove in each of the first two runs of the game for Mizzou on a pair of sacrifice flies in the first and third innings. His first sacrifice fly drove in senior Austin Holt, who opened the inning with a walk.
Senior Ryan Lollis connected on extra-base hits in each of his first two at-bats, doubling in the first inning before reaching on a triple in the third. He scored in the third inning on Folgia’s second sacrifice fly of the game.
Oklahoma 5 Texas Tech 2
OKLAHOMA CITY — The No. 8 Sooners improved to 41-16 with a 5-2 win over Texas Tech in the opening game of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Wednesday.
“I thought our guys really played well, and I think our experience showed up tonight,” said OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway. “Our guys understand every game in this Big 12 is extremely important.”
Ross Hubbard delivered two key hits and tied a career-high with four RBIs to pace the Sooners’ offense. Jamie Johnson and Casey Johnson added two hits apiece.
“Ross has been in and out of our lineup. He has talent, there’s no doubt about that,” said Golloway. “I really think Ross Hubbard has a chance to be an outstanding college player as he continues to develop.”