Before you freak out, remember Texas started the 2009 Big 12 Tournament with a loss.■ Missouri opens Big 12s with win over Texas (Columbia Tribune)
The same thing happened Wednesday.
The Longhorns came out flat, made errors and couldn’t touch Missouri pitcher Nick Tepesch in a 7-3 loss at Bricktown Ballpark.
The Longhorns (46-9) still can win the Big 12 tournament. But they’re going to have to play better than they did against the Tigers.
Nick Tepesch pitched a complete-game and Aaron Senne’s two-run double sparked eighth-seeded Missouri to a 7-3 victory over top-seeded Texas on the opening day of the Big 12 Baseball Tournament at Bricktown Ballpark.■ Texas A&M thumps Texas Tech in Big 12 opener (NewsOK.com)
Tepesch scattered 10 hits and struck out five to win his sixth game of the season.
“I was focused on throwing strikes and letting my defense make plays,” said Wacha, who improved to 8-2 on the season. “But I knew I had some pretty good stuff in the first inning. I just wanted to keep pounding the strike zone.”
Wacha had a perfect game going until Texas Tech's Bonham Hough slammed a solo home run over the right field fence with one out in the fifth inning.
■ Everyone else swinging for UT (mysanantonio.com)
No. 1 curse: Remarkably, the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 tournament has lost its first-round game against the No. 8 seed in six of the last dozen seasons, including four of the last six. Three times since 2002, UT has dropped its opening tournament game as a No. 1 seed, including last year’s loss to No. 8 Baylor. An opening-round defeat can be overcome, but it doesn’t make things easy.
MU in the Minors
■ The best pitcher you've never heard of (DugoutCentral)
Kyle Gibson already ranks as the third best prospect in the Twins system, behind five tool outfielder Aaron Hicks and the soon to be departed Wilson Ramos. He began his pro career for the Twin’s Class A Fort Myers affiliate in the Florida State League. He made seven starts, going 4-1 with one complete game (a shutout), allowing 33 hits in 43.1 innings while striking out 40 and posting an impressive 3.89 GO/AO* ratio and a .213 OPPBA.MU Alums
Promoted on May 13th to the Double A Eastern League’s New Britain Rock Cats, Gibson has picked up where he left off in Florida. He’s made two starts, (he’s on the mound tonite), going 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA with sixteen strikeouts in 14.1 innings while allowing 8 hits and a .157 OPPBA
■ Former Tiger Ryan Allen has been pitching all year for the University of Central Missouri Mules, who are now in the D-II World Series. Ryan was the starter on Monday when the #3 Mules lost to #1 UC-San Diego in a marathon 11-inning game. Ryan pitched 5 scoreless innings as the starter.