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Mizzou Holds On To Eliminate Oklahoma
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OKLAHOMA CITY – No. 3 seed Missouri (34-24) and second-seeded Oklahoma (41-18) kept it tight to the end, but the Tigers ultimately prevailed for a 5-4 win at the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark on Saturday evening.

Nick Tepesch (6-4) earned the win for MU, going seven innings with six strikeouts and two walks, while Brad Buehler nabbed his eighth save of the year in 0.2 innings of work. Garrett Richards took the loss for OU, dropping to 8-4 on the season with 5.2 innings of work. Richards struck out six and walked two batters.

Aaron Senne led Missouri offensively, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Greg Folgia also scored a pair of runs with a pair of walks. For the Sooners, Jamie Johnson was 3-for-5 with an RBI, and his teammate Garrett Buechele was 2-for-4 with a walk.

Oklahoma jumped on the board first with one run in both the top of the first and second innings. Matt Harughty reached on a fielding error, then scored on J.T. Wise’s sacrifice fly to center to put OU up 1-0. In the second inning, Ross Hubbard was plunked with a pitch to reach base and crossed the plate on a single up the middle by Casey Johnson to give the Sooners a 2-0 advantage.

Missouri managed just one hit until the bottom of the fourth, when they put up a pair of runs to even the score. Folgia seized a leadoff walk, advanced to third on a double by Senne and scored on Kyle mach’s sacrifice fly to left. Steve Gray grounded out to second, plating Senne to tie the game.

OU added one run in the fifth, as Chris Ellison scored from second on a single from Jamie Johnson. Mizzou responded with a three-spot in the bottom of the sixth, starting with Folgia drawing a base on balls and punched across on a single to left from Mach. Senne then scored on Gray groundout, and Mach came across on a fielding error to make it 5-3.

The Sooners chalked up one more run in the top of the seventh, as Harughty got on with a walk, then came across on a throwing error. In the ninth inning, Johnson led off with a double to left, but was left on base as OU could not tack up the tying run, and MU earned the 5-4 victory.

Missouri can qualify to Sunday’s Big 12 Championship title game with a Texas Tech win over Texas A&M at 7 p.m. tonight. Should the Tigers win their pool, they face Texas at 1 p.m. at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, with the game televised live on FSN.

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