OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – There are oddities that crop up in postseason play. For instance, Bedlam rivals Oklahoma and Oklahoma State had not faced off in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship since 2007. The Sooners and the Cowboys met in the first game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark Wednesday.
Missouri and Texas, who have had little in common other than being in the same conference, met for the 14th time since 2010. Last season, the teams met six times with three of those games in the Big 12 Championship.
The Tigers, who have 10 of their last 12 regular-season games with the Longhorns, own UT in this event. No. 6 seed Missouri, with left hander Rob Zastryzny wheeling and dealing, sent Texas into the losers' bracket with a 5-0 victory to cap the first day.
Missouri (29-26) advances to face No. 2 seed Texas A&M at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Aggies defeated Kansas, 10-4. The Jayhawks will face Texas (30-21) at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in an elimination game.
In each of the last three Big 12 Championships, Missouri has handed Texas its first loss. In 2010 and 2011, the Tigers were seeded No. 8 and the Longhorns were No. 1. Missouri took two out of three games in Columbia earlier this month.
Zastryzny earned his first career win over Texas. He went 8.1 innings, throwing 114 pitches and not allowing a walk.
"I felt like I could throw my fast ball the way I wanted to, my change-up was okay and my curve ball was there when I needed it," Zastryzny said. "I feel like Texas had not seen my best stuff yet and when I went into this game tonight, I wanted to show them my best stuff and I tried my best to do that."
It was the second shutout of the day as Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 1-0 in Wednesday's first game. The last shutout in the Big 12 Championship game was in 2006, when the Tigers blanked the Sooners.
The top of Missouri's order was productive. Blake Brown and Conner Mach each collected two doubles and the Tigers took advantage of some sloppy play by the Longhorns.
Mach's run-scoring double gave Missouri a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. The Tigers scored four runs in the third. Brown's double to left center – Texas center fielder Taylor Stell appeared to lose the ball – scored two runs. Brown advanced to third on an ill-advised throw home and then scored on a wild pitch.
"Just a great team effort, defense played great," said Missouri coach Tim Jamieson, who won his 600th game. "Rob pitched great and we had timely hitting like we talked about before the tournament started. When you get hot you just don't know what is going to happen but the guys got it done tonight."