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Big 12 Teams Continue NCAA Regional Action
June 02, 2012
Baylor and Missouri both picked up victories to stay alive on the second day of regional play in the NCAA Baseball Championship. In the double elimination round, the Big 12's two other teams, Oklahoma and Texas A&M, both dropped their first game on Saturday.

No. 1 Baylor 11, No. 3 UT-Arlington 6 (Waco Regional)
Baylor scored seven runs over the final four innings to erase a 5-4 deficit and win an elimination game against UT Arlington, 11-6, at Baylor Ballpark in Waco, Texas.

Baylor advances to an elimination game at 2 p.m. Sunday against Oral Roberts (38-24). The Bears will need to win that game to face Dallas Baptist at 7 p.m. Sunday, and if BU wins both Sunday games, there will be a winner-take-all game at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Big 12 Player of the Year Josh Ludy went 4-for-4 with a walk, a home run, a double, three runs and two RBI, and Max Garner picked up the Baylor (45-15) bullpen by allowing only one run in 3.0 innings of relief to earn the win.

The Bears jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, but UT-Arlington (36-25) answered with five runs to take a 5-4 lead after five innings. BU's Lawton Langford doubled leading off the sixth, and Adam Toth'sone-out RBI single tied the game.

Ludy keyed the Bears' go-ahead seventh inning by delivering a one-out double down the left-field line. Max Muncy drew a walk, and Dan Evatt loaded the bases with a single to set up a Cal Towey go-ahead walk.

Baylor broke the game open with three runs in the eighth and one more in the ninth.

UTA reliever Adam Boydston (2-4) took the loss after allowing three runs on five hits in 2.2 innings of relief.

No. 3 Appalachian State 5, No. 2 Oklahoma 4 (Charlottesville Regional)
Oklahoma scored four runs in the final two frames, including three in the ninth, but fell short to Appalachian State, 5-4, in the Charlottesville Regional.

It marked the 2012 tournament opener for both teams after all of Friday's action was rained out. No. 1 seed and host Virginia topped No. 4 Army, 9-1, earlier today.

Oklahoma (38-23) will face Army (41-14) Sunday at 10 a.m. CT in an elimination game. The winner of that contest will face the loser of the Virginia and Appalachian State game at 6 p.m. CT. The Sooners will be making their first appearance against the Black Knights of Army. OU's Jonathan Gray will start opposite Army's Logan Lee (LHP).

Appalachian State improved to 40-16 behind a solid pitching performance by Ryan Arrowood, who is now 11-0 on the season. He took a no-hitter and a 2-0 lead into the seventh before OU's Caleb Bushyhead singled up the middle with one out in the frame. However, Bushyhead did not score and was one of eight Sooners stranded on the night.

In the eighth, Arrowood retired the first two batters before walking two Sooners and allowing a RBI single to Evan Mistich. But that was the second and final hit for OU, which had the tying run at second base with two outs before the game ended.

Sooner starter Jordan John dropped to 8-7 despite giving up two earned runs in eight innings of work. John posted seven strikeouts and gave up eight hits, but also committed two of the four Sooner errors in the game.

No. 4 Missouri 6, No. 2 New Mexico State 2 (Tucson Regional)
Fourth-seeded Missouri (33-27) kept its season alive by scoring five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning as it rallied to defeat second-seeded New Mexico State, 6-2, at Hi Corbett Field in the Tucson Regional.

Michael McGraw and Scott Sommerfeld both hit RBI triples in the eighth inning as the Tigers, who trailed 2-1 heading into the frame, came from behind to earn the win. MU will now play either Arizona or Louisville on Sunday at 6 p.m. (CT) in another elimination game. Sunday's game will air live on ESPNU.

Senior reliever Jeff Emens earned his fourth win of the season after pitching the final 3.0 innings, allowing just three hits and no runs while striking out three batters. Starter Rob Zastryzny went 6.0 innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out six Aggie batters. Sommerfeld led the Tigers, going 3-for-4 with a run and three RBI while McGraw went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs.

New Mexico State (35-24) jumped on Zastryzny in the top of the first inning as he allowed a leadoff single and then a walk to the first two hitters before getting the first out on a hard-hit liner to right field. Then Zach Voight stepped in and roped a triple to right center to score two runs as the Aggies took a 2-0 lead to the bottom of the first.

No. 3 Mississippi 6, No. 1 Texas A&M 3 (College Station Regional)
The eighth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies dropped a 6-3 decision to third-seeded Missisippi on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park to put the Aggies on the brink of elimination from the College Station Regional.

Texas A&M (43-17) will face the regional's No. 2 seed, TCU, on Sunday in a 12:35 p.m. contest which will see the loser eliminated and the winner move on to face Mississippi at 6:25 p.m.

Aggie starter Ross Stripling was tagged with the loss after allowing five earned runs in 7.2 innings of work.

Junior Tyler Naquin got the Aggies on the board first during the top of the third as he laced a two-out RBI double to right field to score Mikey Reynolds, who led the frame off with a single up the middle. Naquin came around to score during the next at bat on a Rebel throwing error to make the score 2-0 Aggies.

Mississippi (37-24) quickly tied the game during the bottom of the inning, scoring on a double by Tanner Mathis and a single up the middle by Matt Snyder. The Rebels took their first lead of the night during the bottom of the fourth, pushing across two runs on a Snyder double to take a 4-2 advantage.

After the Rebels extended their lead to 6-2 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth, the Aggies attempted to rally in the visitor's side of the seventh. Reynolds, who went 2-for-3 with two runs in the contest, singled with one out in the frame and came home during the next at bat as sophomore centerfielder Krey Bratsen doubled down the left field line.

The Aggies could not complete the comeback despite getting the tying run to the plate during the top of the ninth before Ole Miss' R.J. Hively got the final two outs to record his fourth save of the year.

Mississippi starter Mike Mayers (6-3) earned the win, working into the seventh inning while limiting the Aggies to just three runs on four hits and racking up nine strikeouts.

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