Tigers drop Sooners in Big 12 opener, 8-7

Sooners rally with three runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game, but Missouri answers with a game-winning single with one out in the bottom of the inning to send Oklahoma to the losers bracket. OU will play top-seeded Nebraska, who lost to eighth-seeded Texas Tech, 5-3, Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Jerry Laizure)

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma's seven-game winning streak came to an end in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament Wednesday night in Oklahoma City, but the Sooners didn't go down without a fight.

The Sooners jumpd on the Tigers with three runs in the top of the first, but Missouri answered with four in the bottom of the third to take a 4-3 lead.

OU would bounce back in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 4-4 on an Aaron Ivey infield single, but the Tigers responded again with two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to push their lead to 7-4.

Trailing 7-4 with one out in the top of the ninth, the Sooners mounted an impressive comeback, which was capped by a two-run single with two outs by pinch-hitter Jeff Scuderi to tie the game.

The bottom of the ninth, however, was a different story as Missouri first baseman Derek Chambers doubled to lead off the inning, and was knocked in two batters later by left fielder Hunter Mense.

Mense's game-winning hit looked like it would be a routine play by second baseman Russell Raley, but the ball took an unusual big hop and bounced over Raley's head and into right field to score Chambers.

"I thought it was a great game," said Oklahoma interim head coach Sunny Golloway. "Both teams fought really hard there at the end and you have to tip your cap (to Missouri). They had their leadoff man on in six of the ten innings. That made it really tough on our defense. They just kept applying pressure getting that leading person on. It came through for them there at the end."

Will Savage, who entered the game in place reliever John Bronwell with one out in the eighth inning, took the loss and dropped to 8-4 on the season.

Daniel McCutchen started the game for Oklahoma, but was pulled with two outs in the third inning after giving up four runs on four hits. The 2.2 innings by McCutchen was his shortest start of the season.

"I definitely did not have my A game," said McCutchen. "I have gone out a lot of times this year without my A game and worked through it.

"I really did not have any of my pitches working great. I left my change-up up and I was not locating good enough with my fastball. I was off today.

"It is difficult to lose the game," said Scuderi, whose ninth-inning heroics helped OU tie the game in the ninth inning. "We did not have it all together as a team today. We are going to learn from that and try to come out tomorrow with more energy."

With the loss, Oklahoma now drops to the losers bracket and will play in an elimination game Thursday at 1 p.m. against top-seeded Nebraska, who lost to eighth-seeded Texas Tech, 5-3, late Wednesday night.

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