Big 12 Championship Game Live Blog

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The Texas Longhorns and Missouri Tigers face off in Sunday's Championship Game of the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Tournament. Burnt Orange Beat's Jason Cole is on-hand to provide live coverage.

Missouri 7 - Texas 12 - FINAL


4:16 p.m. - Missouri got another run on a sacrifice fly, making it 12-7. A double play ended it, though, and Texas wins its fourth Big 12 Tournament.

4:13 p.m. - Folgia reached on an error by Travis Tucker, scoring a run. Then Wood walked cleanup hitter Aaron Senne, bringing home another run. It's now 12-6, still nobody out in the top of the ninth.

Kendal Carrillo and Keith Shinaberry are warming up for the Longhorns.

4:09 p.m. - Cole Green walked Michael Liberto to lead off the inning, and he was pulled wiht a 2-0 count on Austin Holt. Austin Wood came in and finished off the walk (credited to Green), and he has now walked Ryan Lollis.

Missouri has the bases loaded and nobody out for their leading hitter, Greg Folgia.

3:49 p.m. - Green worked through the eighth inning without giving up a run. He allowed a two-out single and then a walk, but he got Conner Mach to fly out to Texas CF Connor Rowe.

The Tigers are down to their final three outs.

3:38 p.m. - Cole Green is back out for the Longhorns to start the top of the eighth. There is currently no action in the Texas bullpen.

3:26 p.m. - Both pitchers throw scoreless innings in the bottom of the sixth and top of the seventh. At this point, it just feels like we're cruising to the finish line on this one.

3:13 p.m. - Green has a strong inning, striking out two and retiring all three hitters.

3:11 p.m. - In case you haven't heard, the NCAA has announced its 16 regional host sites. As expected, the Longhorns will be hosting a regional next weekend. Here are the 16 hosts in alphabetical order.

1. Georgia Tech (Atlanta)
2. Texas (Austin)
3. LSU (Baton Rouge)
4. North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
5. Clemson (Clemson)
6. TCU (Fort Worth)
7. Cal State Fullerton (Fullerton)
8. Florida (Gainesville)
9. East Carolina (Greenville)
10. Rice (Houston)
11. UC Irvine (Irvine)
12. Louisville (Louisville)
13. Oklahoma (Norman)
14. Ole Miss (Oxford)
15. Florida State (Tallahassee)
16. Arizona State (Tempe)

3:08 p.m. - Texas goes down in order in the fifth. David Hernandez pinch hit during the inning, and he's now in left field. Cole Green is now pitching for the Longhorns.

3:05 p.m. - Missouri came back with three runs off Dicharry in the top of the fifth. They got a walk, a triple, a single, a stolen base, an error, and a sacrifice fly to score the runs.

Cole Green is warming in the bullpen and will likely take the mound for Texas in the sixth.

2:49 p.m. - The bottom of the fourth inning finally comes to an end. The Longhorns scored 11 runs on six hits, three walks, two hit batters, and no errors. All runs were earned.

2:47 p.m. - Kevin Keyes smokes a double to left field, bringing Loy in to score and giving Texas a 12-1 lead.

No run rule in effect for the championship game, in case you're wondering.

2:42 p.m. - Situational lefty Ryan Gargano is now pitching for Missouri. He has appeared in 28 games this season, recording a 3.14 ERA, but he has logged only 28.2 innings.

2:39 p.m. - And the route is on in Oklahoma City. Kevin Keyes scored when Tucker was hit by the pitch. Then Michael Torres' walk scored Connor Rowe.

And Cameron Rupp just hammered a grand slam to dead center field, giving Texas an 11-1 lead and a ten-run inning.

Now Brandon Loy hits a triple to left-center field, and it appears McCormick's day is done.

2:32 p.m. - Clubb balked, moving runners to second and third, and then hit Connor Rowe with a pitch to load the bases once again.

Jamieson is going with the sidearming left-hander Phil McCormick. The bases are loaded with one out and Travis Tucker will be the hitter.

2:29 p.m. - Preston Clark hit the rare warning-track single to left-center field, scoring one run. As Mizzou left fielder Aaron Senne settled under Clark's fly ball, he tripped and wasn't able to catch the ball. Everyone advanced one base, scoring one run.

Russell Moldenhauer, pinch hitting for Shepherd, just hit a sacrifice fly to give the Longhorns a 5-1 lead with one out in the bottom of the fourth.

2:23 p.m. - Berger walked Kevin Keyes to re-load the bases with nobody out, and his day is now done.

Jamieson is opting for Ryan Clubb, a right-handed freshman with a 3-2 record and a 4.99 ERA this season.

2:21 p.m. - Brandon Loy's red-hot bat produces again for the Longhorns, as he hits a two-run single into left field, giving Texas a 3-1 lead. There's still nobody out in the inning.

2:13 p.m. - The Longhorns have their best rally of the day going. Hicks plunked Brandon Belt with a pitch to begin the inning, and Michael Torres lined a single into right field after he wasn't able to get the bunt down. UT has men on the corners with nobody out for cleanup hitter Cameron Rupp.

Missouri is changing pitchers, going with right-hander Ian Berger. Berger was excellent against Texas Tech on Friday, surrendering just one run and three hits in six innings. He only threw 75 pitches, so he should be good for a couple of innings today. He also pitched one inning in relief against Texas A&M on Wednesday.

2:06 p.m. - Dicharry looked very sharp in the top of the fourth, throwing 13 pitches and nine for strikes in what ended up being a 1-2-3 inning.

Dicharry got Kyle Mach to hit a ground to third base, but he reached on an E5. Mach was quickly erased on the 3-6-1 double play, and catcher Ryan Ampleman grounded out to shortstop. One inning, three ground ball outs for the freshman righty.

1:56 p.m. - Hicks gets out of the inning with no more damage done. Right fielder Ryan Lollis ended the inning with a nice diving catch on a sinking liner off the bat of Travis Tucker. Hicks has thrown just 30 pitches in three innings.

Austin Dicharry is coming in to pitch for the Longhorns. He will be trying to shake off the worst outing of his collegiate career, when he surrendered five earned runs in one-third of an inning against Baylor on Wednesday.

1:54 p.m. - Connor Rowe just nailed Hicks with a line drive up the middle. Hicks was able to make the play by tossing him out at first, but he appears to be shaken up a bit. Mizzou coach Tim Jamieson is having a talk with him on the mound.

After one warmup pitch, Hicks will remain in the game.

1:51 p.m. - Preston Clark leads off the Texas third with a solo home run to the left field bleachers. Texas hitters had reached the warning track over there twice in the first two innings, but Clark was able to lift his just over the fence to tie the game at one apiece.

1:48 p.m. - Workman is doing a good job of battling without his best command. He walked leadoff man Austin Holt on four pitches. Holt then stole second base for the second time in the game. But Workman got Ryan Lollis to pop out, came back from a 3-0 count to strike out Greg Folgia, and got Aaron Senne to fly out to center.

In three innings, Workman has thrown 59 pitches, allowing one run on one hit, walking two and striking out five.

Keith Shinaberry and Austin Dicharry were warming up in the Longhorns bullpen for most of the inning. Now it's just Dicharry.

1:38 p.m. - Hicks retires the side in the second inning, striking out two batters. He fanned Rupp on an 81 mph fastball and got Keyes on a 79 mph heater.

Hicks has thrown just 21 pitches in two innings, so Mizzou might be able to get some mileage out of him today.

1:32 p.m. - Workman strikes out the side in the top of the second with one walk mixed in. The tall righty has four punchouts—all swinging, and all on fastballs—in two innings.

1:21 p.m. - Scooter Hicks works a perfect first inning. His fastball ranges between 77-79 mph on this gun (which I believe is a tick fast, as I've said) and his curveball is mid-to-upper-60s.

1:16 p.m. - Workman gets out of the first inning, but he was hit fairly hard. He's up in the strike zone with his fastball thus far. Aaron Senne flew out to fairly deep center on a great catch by Connor Rowe, and Kyle Mach lined out to Shepherd in left.

1:14 p.m. - Mizzou leading hitter Greg Folgia singles home Austin Holt to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure the Missouri is the first school to make the conference championship game in football, basketball, and baseball all in the same season.

1:10 p.m. - Holt stole second base and took third on Preston Clark's throwing error. Still nobody out.

1:09 p.m. - Workman plunks leadoff batter Austin Holt, and Texas already has action in the bullpen. Austin Dicharry is warming up.

Workman is all over the place with his first few pitches. His velocity is excellent (mid-90's), but he has been way high with everything.

His first pitch after Skip Johnson went out to the mound was a 91 mph strike. The key for Workman will simply be settling down. He may have to sacrifice some velocity for command to be more successful.

1:06 p.m. - Brandon Workman struggled as a starting pitcher in Big 12 play, but his best start in the league came earlier this season against Missouri. The hard-throwing sophomore surrendered just two hits in seven scoreless innings, walking two and striking out seven.

1:01 p.m. - Listed below are today's starting lineups.

Missouri has decided to go with Scooter Hicks, a fairly soft-tossing lefty wit ha good curveball. He has pitched mostly as a reliever this season, and when he starts, he generally only goes a few innings. Expect somewhat of a Johnny Allstaff approach for Missouri today, as they have done for much of the season.

Missouri (34-24).

1. Austin Holt, 2B (.235, 1 HR, 15 RBI)
2. Ryan Lollis, RF (.290, 4 HR, 49 RBI, 14/15 SB)
3. Greg Folgia, CF (.332, 12 HR, 66 RBI)
4. Aaron Senne, LF (.299, 4 HR, 35 RBI)
5. Kyle Mach, 3B (.330, 4 HR, 38 RBI)
6. Steve Gray, 1B (.250, 4 HR, 40 RBI)
7. Ryan Ampleman, C (.278, 1 HR, 9 RBI)
8. Garrison McLagan, DH (.185, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
9. Michael Liberto, SS (.240, 0 HR, 18 RBI, 10/14 SB)

SP. Scooter Hicks, LHP (5-2, 3.70 ERA...41.1 IP, 44 H, 10 BB, 34 K)

Texas (40-13-1).

1. Travis Tucker, 2B (.296, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 11/13 SB)
2. Brandon Belt, 1B (.342, 8 HR, 37 RBI, 12/15 SB)
3. Michael Torres, 3B (.319, 2 HR, 27 RBI, 11/12 SB)
4. Cameron Rupp, DH (.269, 7 HR, 34 RBI)
5. Brandon Loy, SS (.315, 0 HR, 21 RBI, 7/10 SB)
6. Kevin Keyes, RF (.293, 4 HR, 31 RBI, 9/12 SB)
7. Preston Clark, C (.236, 0 HR, 16 RBI)
8. Tant Shepherd, LF (.259, 2 HR, 21 RBI)
9. Connor Rowe, CF (.281, 6 HR, 32 RBI)

SP. Brandon Workman, RHP (3-3, 3.39 ERA...63.2 IP, 50 H, 23 BB, 66 K)


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