Big 12 Tournament Live Blog: Day Four

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Four games will be played during Saturday's second day of the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship. Burnt Orange Beat's Jason Cole is on-hand to provide live coverage of all games throughout the week.

Game 11: Oklahoma 4 - Missouri 5 - FINAL


6:47 p.m. - Wow. After Aaron Baker struck out, Missouri went to reliever Brad Buehler. He got Wise to ground into a fantastic 6-3 double play. Michael Liberto did an excellent job to get to the ball, step on second himself, and fire to first base.

This eliminates both Texas A&M and Oklahoma from tomorrow's Big 12 Championship Game.

If Texas Tech beats Texas A&M, the Red Raiders will advance.

If A&M beats Tech, it'll be the Missouri Tigers playing tomorrow afternoon.

6:39 p.m. - Matt Harughty singles to left field. The ball just got past the glove of Mizzou third baseman Kyle Mach. That's probably a play Mach should make more often than not, but it's a hit all the way.

The Sooners have runners on the corners with nobody out. The slugging duo of Aaron Baker and J.T. Wise are due up to bat.

6:36 p.m. - Jamie Johnson leads off the ninth for OU with a double off the wall in left field. Missouri has a couple of pitchers up in the bullpen.

6:33 p.m. - Robinson continues to pitch extremely well in relief for Oklahoma. He struck out the side—all swinging—against the heart of the Mizzou order.

6:25 p.m. - Herren grounds into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Huge, huge play this late in the game. Oklahoma has just three outs left.

6:23 p.m. - Another single has loaded the bases with just one out for pinch hitter Kaleb Herren.

6:15 p.m. - OU is making another rally, this time against Missouri lefty reliever Scooter Hicks.

Bryan Hernandez led off the inning with a single, and Trey Sperring just reached on a fielding error by the first baseman. OU has men on first and second with nobody out for Garrett Buechele, who was one of the league's leading hitters in conference play.

6:00 p.m. - The Sooners are alive again. With a man on first and two outs, Aaron Baker smoked a double down the left field line. OU's third base coach initially held up the the runner, Matt Harughty. But the ball got away from the Mizzou infield and Harughty was able to score on the heads-up baserunning.

It's now a one-run Missouri lead at the stretch.

5:47 p.m. - Missouri has taken the lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, and the inning is still going.

Folgia started another rally with a walk. Then two singles and a groundout led to a pair of runs, putting the Tigers up, 4-3.

With two outs, Missouri catcher Ryan Ampleman popped a ball up to shortstop. But Harughty tripped over the second base bag and he wasn't able to come up with the ball. Another run scored, and now it's 5-3 Missouri.

Left-hander J.R. Robinson is now coming into the game for the Sooners.

5:17 p.m. - Oklahoma re-takes the lead in the top of the fifth on a Jamie Johnson RBI single. The Sooners lead 3-2 through 4.5 innings.

5:10 p.m. - We already know that Texas will represent Pool A in tomorrow's championship game. But who will go from Pool B?

It's a strange scenario because all four teams from Pool B are still eligible to qualify for the title game.

Here are the scenarios.

Oklahoma wins, Texas Tech wins: OU advances
Oklahoma wins, Texas A&M wins: A&M advances
Missouri wins, Texas Tech wins: Texas Tech advances
Missouri wins, Texas A&M wins: Missouri advances

5:07 p.m. - Missouri ties it up in the bottom of the fourth. Greg Folgia led off the frame with a walk, then Aaron Senne doubled him over to third base. Kyle Mach and Aaron Gray followed with a sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout, respectively.

4:53 p.m. - Richards got into his first jam of the game, as he allowed runners to go to the corners with just one out. But he came back by fanning Austin Holt and getting Ryan Lollis to ground out.

As I said, I think this radar gun is a tick fast. But he did have a pitch register at 99 mph last inning.

4:37 p.m. - Missouri goes down in order in the bottom of the second. Richards looks to be on top of his game so far.

4:33 p.m. - Richards and Tepesch are both hitting 95 mph on the radar gun today. Both of these guys are typically hard throwers, but given the fact that Jungmann hit 94 fairly regularly and he's usually a tick lower, I think it's safe to say that the Bricktown Ballpark radar guy is just a bit fast.

4:30 p.m. - The Sooners scratched across another run in the second inning on a Casey Johnson RBI single up the middle.

4:21 p.m. - Nick Tepesch is getting the start for Missouri opposite Oklahoma's Garrett Richards. They're a couple of hard-throwing righties.

OU struck in the top of the first when catcher J.T. Wise drove home Matt Harughty on a sacrifice fly.

Richards retired Missouri in order during the bottom of the first.

Game 10: Kansas State 2 - Texas 4 - FINAL


4:23 p.m. - Texas shortstop Brandon Loy has been one of the best defensive infielders in the nation this season, so it was a shock to see him rack up three errors in a single game.

But Loy bounced back every time, helping to turn a pair of key double plays and making one outstanding leaping grab of a line drive. He also came through with a pair of RBI singles, including one in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Longhorns coach Augie Garrido was impressed with Loy's ability to shake off the errors.

"[Brandon] showed the experience to stay with his game even though he had a tough day," Garrido said. "When he turned the double play, if he rushes through that one, we may have a problem.

"But I feel like he has the ability and the confidence in himself to stay within his own game and move on like this has never happened."

Although Loy didn't let the errors affect his performance at the plate, he was clearly upset with his overall play on Saturday.

"I take a lot of pride in my defense," said Loy, "and I don't have many of those days. I don't make many errors. It's just something that doesn't usually happen, and you've got to overcome it."

3:26 p.m. - Yelovich strikes out swinging to end the game. Austin Wood picks up his 14th save of the season, and Texas advances to Sunday's championship game.

3:24 p.m. - Rob Vaughn fists a single over Belt at first base, putting a man on first with two outs for nine-hole hitter Dane Yelovich.

3:23 p.m. - Loy makes up for his mistake once again, starting a 6-4-3 double play. There's now nobody on base with two outs.

3:20 p.m. - Brandon Loy has committed his third error of the game, doubling his season total. Drew Biery is now on first base with nobody out.

3:15 p.m. - Kevin Lusson struck out looking in his pinch hit appearance. Then Preston Clark worked a walk on a full count and Loy came through with his second RBI single of the day, putting the Longhorns up 4-2.

Kyle Lusson has just grounded into a fielder's choice, ending the eighth inning. Longhorns lead 4-2.

3:05 p.m. - Continuing this massive chess game, freshman switch-hitter Kevin Lusson will hit for Shepherd.

Shepherd was officially announced as a pinch hitter, so he'll obviously be unavailable for the rest of this game.

3:04 p.m. - As Texas brings in the right-handed hitter, the Wildcats will go with the right-handed pitcher. It'll be James Allen, yet another freshman.

3:03 p.m. - Travis Tucker smacked a one-out double down the left field line, and then K-State chose to walk Brandon Belt intentionally.

Tant Shepherd will pinch hit for Moldenhauer with men on first and second and one out.

2:58 p.m. - K-State third baseman Jason King hit a rocket off Wood, but shortstop Brandon Loy timed his jump perfectly and was able to pick the ball off. Texas leads it 3-2 going to the bottom of the eighth.

2:51 p.m. - Longhorns pitching coach Skip Johnson signals for senior closer Austin Wood. Jungmann was outstanding for Texas today, giving them a career-high 7.2 innings. He retired the first two batters of the eighth before hitting Justin Bloxom with a pitch.

2:41 p.m. - Rooke throws a perfect seventh inning. Jungmann is going to come out for the eighth inning, but Wood remains warming in the bullpen.

Jungmann may face just one hitter this inning. The first man, Carter Jurica, is a righty. He is followed by lefty Nick Martini and a pair of switch hitters.

Kevin Lusson enters the game for the Longhorns in right field, with Tim Maitland coming in at left field.

2:37 p.m. - K-State is bringing in bullpen ace Thomas Rooke. The sophomore left-hander isn't overpowering, but he has outstanding control. He's setting a KSU single-season school record with his 30th appearance.

2:35 p.m. - Brandon Loy entered the game with just three errors on the season, but he committed his second of the game when he threw the ball into the stands on a grounder from Rob Vaughn.

But Loy made up for it by ending the inning with a double play. KSU leadoff hitter Adam Muenster hit a line drive right to Loy, who flipped to second to double off Vaughn.

Taylor Jungmann has now pitched a career-high seven innings. He had previously thrown six innings four times this season.

2:26 p.m. - Brandon Loy gives the Longhorns their second lead of the game with his two-out RBI single to center. Texas got its fifth leadoff man on in six innings when Brandon Belt walked. Moldenhauer bunted him over and Loy singled him home with two outs.

Loy was just picked off at first base, ending the inning. Texas leads 3-2 through six innings.

Jungmann will be going out to start the seventh inning with Austin Wood throwing in the Texas 'pen.

2:21 p.m. - Applegate walked Brandon Belt and then fell behind 2-0 on Moldenhauer (who was trying to bunt), so Brad Hill has gone to his bullpen once again. This time it's another freshman righty, Evan Marshall. He gave up one unearned run in 2.1 relief innings against the Longhorns earlier in the year.

2:18 p.m. - K-State has gone to the bullpen, opting for freshman right-hander Matt Applegate. He did a great job against Texas during the regular season, tossing two scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

Austin Wood is now the only man throwing in the Texas bullpen.

2:15 p.m. - Jungmann gets out of the top of the sixth with no damage done. He's at 98 pitches, so we'll probably see Dicharry in the seventh.

Connor Rowe made an outstanding diving catch on a ball in shallow right-center to help keep Jungmann out of a jam.

2:09 p.m. - Jungmann is headed back out to start the sixth inning, but Austin Dicharry is warming up in the Longhorns bullpen.

2:04 p.m. - The Longhorns promptly tie the game on a Connor Rowe RBI single to left field. Kevin Keyes led off the inning with a double to right-center and Hernandez bunted him over.

Texas' leadoff hitter has reached in four of the five innings, getting three doubles.

2:00 p.m. - The reason Jurica wasn't called out on the foul tip was because Clark apparently dropped the ball behind the plate.

1:59 p.m. - Jungmann got out of the jam by picking off Martini at first base. He has a great move for a right-hander.

Jungmann has 80 pitches, so he'll probably only go six innings at the most today.

1:56 p.m. - The Wildcats take the lead after a rare Brandon Loy error at shortstop. Loy didn't get in front of the ball, and it hopped just past his glove, allowing Muenster to score and Martini to reach first base.

Jungmann has excellent velocity today, but he hasn't had his best stuff. He's had trouble getting his slider over for strikes today, and it has kept him from finishing off hitters with two strikes.

1:54 p.m. - KSU ties the game on an RBI groundout from Carter Jurica. It came one pitch after the umpires originally ruled Jurica had struck out on a foul tip [home plate umpire said the ball hit the handle of the bat], but after a meeting, they overturned it and the at-bat continued.

1:49 p.m. - The Andy Sawyers offense is at work again. Jungmann plunked Dane Yelovich with one out, and Adam Muenster got him to third on a hit-and-run. Muenster singled to left, so there are now men on the corners with just one out.

And Muenster has just stolen second base. Second and third with one out for the two-hole hitter Carter Jurica.

1:42 p.m. - The Longhorns were finally able to bring home a leadoff baserunner in the fourth inning. Brandon Belt began the inning with a double, then Russell Moldenhauer moved him to third with a groundout to first base. Preston Clark—in for Rupp—hit a sacrifice fly to bring Belt home, giving the Longhorns a 1-0 lead.

1:30 p.m. - KSU starter Todd Vogel provided our first 1-2-3 inning of the day. He got Connor Rowe to fly out, Michael Torres to ground out, and Travis Tucker to fly to center. Still scoreless through three innings. The bottom of the third was the first half inning of the game where a team didn't live a man in scoring position.

1:27 p.m. - Neither team has scored through 2.5 innings, despite plenty of opportunities. The Wildcats led off the second with two singles, but three straight flyouts ended the threat.

1:20 p.m. - Preston Clark has come into the game to catch after the first two hitters of the inning. Dane Yelovich and Adam Muenster singled to lead off the inning, and Carter Jurica just popped up a bunt to Jungmann. K-State has men on first and second with one out here in the third.

1:14 p.m. - Texas got another leadoff hit—this time a double from catcher Cameron Rupp—but they weren't able to bring him home. Loy got Rupp to third on a sacrifice bunt, but Kevin Keyes struck out looking and David Hernandez grounded out to shortstop.

Rupp may have injured himself while running to second base, but he's staying in the game. The Longhorns sent Preston Clark to the bullpen to warm up during last inning, but he isn't going in. For now at least.

1:08 p.m. - The Longhorns kind of caught a break to end the top of the second. Tayor Jungmann struck out KSU catcher Rob Vaughn to end the inning. They're lucky the umpire called it strike threw, because Jordan Cruz was attempting to steal third, and UT backstop Cameron Rupp threw the ball into left field. But it didn't matter, as the inning officially ended on the strikeout.

12:55 p.m. - Vogel allowed a leadoff single to Michael Torres, but he retired the next three hitters on a sac bunt, a flyout and a strikeout. We're scoreless through one.

12:47 p.m. - Don't expect the Wildcats to get much mileage out of starting pitcher Todd Vogel today. Just about all season, Vogel has gone three or four innings before giving way to the bullpen. Every Sunday has been a Johnny Allstaff day for K-State, and today should be no different.

12:45 p.m. - Jungmann gets out of the first with no damage done. Third baseman Michael Torres fielded a pair of grounders for the second and third outs, and his throws barely made it to first base.

12:42 p.m. - K-State hitting coach Andy Sawyers is known for his offenses that run, and they're already putting pressure on the Longhorns. Two-hole hitter Carter Jurica singled to left field, stole second, and advanced to third on Cameron Rupp's errant throw.

Taylor Jungmann seems a bit fired up to start this game. He's sitting around 93-94 mph with his fastball and he hit 95 earlier in the inning, but he has also been a bit wild around the strike zone.

12:31 p.m. - Here are the lineups for this game. For the first time in awhile it seems, Texas is going with the same lineup two games in a row.

K-State.

1. Adam Muenster, DH (.291, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 21/27 SB)
2. Carter Jurica, 2B (.364, 4 HR, 43 RBI, 22/31 SB)
3. Nick Martini, LF (.333, 4 HR, 43 RBI, 19/23 SB)
4. Justin Bloxom, 1B (.354, 9 HR, 54 RBI)
5. Jason King, 3B (.310, 6 HR, 58 RBI, 14/16 SB)
6. Drew Biery, SS (.340, 9 HR, 44 RBI)
7. Jordan Cruz, RF (.323, 10 HR, 46 RBI, 15/22 SB)
8. Rob Vaughn, C (.297, 5 HR, 25 RBI)
9. Dane Yelovich, CF (.293, 1 HR, 27 RBI, 24/35 SB)

SP. Todd Vogel, RHP (4-1, 5.20 ERA...45.0 IP, 49 H, 9 BB, 27 K)

Texas.

1. Michael Torres, 3B (.320, 2 HR, 27 RBI, 11/12 SB)
2. Travis Tucker, 2B (.296, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 11/13 SB)
3. Brandon Belt, 1B (.341, 8 HR, 37 RBI, 12/15 SB)
4. Russell Moldenhauer, DH (.259, 0 HR, 8 RBI)
5. Cameron Rupp, C (.265, 7 HR, 34 RBI)
6. Brandon Loy, SS (.309, 0 HR, 19 RBI)
7. Kevin Keyes, RF (.293, 4 HR, 31 RBI, 9/12 SB)
8. David Hernandez, LF (.287, 0 HR, 10 RBI)
9. Connor Rowe, CF (.280, 6 HR, 31 RBI)

SP. Taylor Jungmann, RHP (6-3, 1.88 ERA...62.1 IP, 44 H, 24 BB, 73 K)


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