The majority of the game was a pitcher’s duel between starters Ian Berger of Missouri and Nathan Karns of Texas Tech. Both pitchers stayed in the game through the first six innings, delivered five shutout innings and gave up only three and two hits, respectively. Karns posted seven strikeouts, while he and Berger issued just one walk apiece.
The game’s first scores came in the sixth inning, when both teams managed a run to make the game a 1-1 tie.
Missouri scored first in the top of the inning, with leadoff Garrison McLagan reaching on a throwing error. Ryan Lollis then singled up the middle to bring in Rex Meyr, who pinch ran for McLagan, for the unearned run.
Texas Tech evened the score after Jeremy Mayo doubled to right center to lead off the bottom of the inning. Joey Kenworthy later brought him in with a single to right field.
After a scoreless seventh inning, both teams got the bats going again in the eighth.
Texas Tech quickly retired Missouri’s first two batters, but the Tigers rallied to score before the Red Raiders could record the third out. Lollis held off on a full count to earn a walk and keep MU alive in the inning. Greg Folgia, singled to left center and moved Lollis around to third base. Aaron Senne then singled through the left side and scored Lollis before Folgia was gunned down trying for third, leaving Mizzou with a 2-1 lead.
Texas Tech answered immediately in the bottom of the eighth, scoring three runs on three singles and an error, giving the Red Raiders a 4-2 advantage entering the ninth.
Missouri had one more chance to rally in the ninth, but didn’t manage to score, as the Red Raiders claimed the win.
Texas Tech’s Chad Bettis earned the win, improving his record to 6-1 on the year, while Missouri’s Brad Buehler took the loss to move to 1-3.
To advance to Sunday’s championship game, Texas Tech must to win on Saturday against Texas A&M at 7:30 p.m. and have Oklahoma lose its two remaining games. For Missouri, the Tigers need to defeat Oklahoma on Saturday at 4 p.m. and have Texas A&M beat Texas Tech to advance.