Sunday, May 24, 2009

Big 12 Championship

Big 12 Tournament Championship Game:
Missouri vs. Texas, Today at 1:00 PM CT
Live TV coverage on Fox Sports Network
(Complete list of FSN Network)

Saturday Tournament results:
Baylor 8, Kansas 4
Texas 4, Kansas State 2
Missouri 5, Oklahoma 4
Texas A&M 11, Texas Tech 4

■ The last time MU and UT met was the very first Big 12 series of the year for the Tigers, who were still mired in that early season mega-slump. Mizzou's RPI was ranked 107th

Saturday double-header:
Game 1, MU 2, UT 0
Game 2, MU 0, UT 5

The Austin American-Statesman reports that UT splits doubleheader against Missouri: "Man, you want to talk about a good pitcher, that guy is no joke," Texas first baseman Brandon Belt said. "He spots up on every pitch. You go up there looking for a fastball and you get it, and he still gets it past you. Then that's it. He's good. He's the best we've seen this year."

Game 3, MU 3, UT 4: Tigers bullpen blow late lead against Longhorns

Double plays help Missouri advance in Big 12 tournament (Columbia Missourian)

In the eighth and ninth inning, Missouri turned double plays to escape jams. Buehler entered the game with one out in the ninth inning with the tying run at third base and the go-ahead run at first. Jamieson brought him into face Oklahoma’s J.T. Wise.
Wise hit a sharp ground ball up the middle but shortstop Michael Liberto was there to grab the ball, step on second for the first out and throw to first to end the game.
Tiebreakers become essential at Big 12 tournament (Missourian):
What does the stadium crew do when a game ends early and the next game won’t start for another hour and a half? Show old episodes of Seinfeld, of course. The leftover fans from Missouri's game against Texas Tech on Friday afternoon waiting for the Oklahoma-Texas A&M game to begin laughed in unison for the next hour.

Tigers advance to Big 12 final (Columbia Tribune):
Missouri shortstop Michael Liberto isn’t one to forget mistakes he makes on the
field. It’s learning from them that defines him.

“Trust me, I’ve made enough mistakes in my life, enough game-losing mistakes that cost our team the win,” the junior from Harahan, La., said. “I had a ball go through my legs when I was 13. I still remember that. I know Paul Bertuccini, pitches for LSU, he’d be like, ‘Oh, yeah, I remember that,’ because he was pitching.”

■ Missouri becomes the first team in Big 12 history to play in the championship game of the baseball and men’s basketball tournaments and football game in a school year.(Kansas City Star)
They also forgot that the soccer and softball teams have played and won their tourney championships this year too. That is five teams in their tourney finals, 3 championships, 1 loss and 1 game to be played. Great year! (Bobk at

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