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Big 12 Baseball Championship Day Two Round Ups - Thanks For Stopping By Texas

After two days of pool play in the Big 12 Baseball Tournament we're still not sure which two teams will be playing in the championship game on Sunday afternoon. However, we do know who won't be playing for a conference championship. Actually we know three teams that won't be playing on Sunday. By virtue of Texas A&M's 7-2 win over Missouri on Thursday the Tigers, Longhorns and Red Raiders have been eliminated. Even if the lose to Texas on Saturday, the Aggies still hold tiebreakers over Missouri and Tech making them the team that will advance from Division 1. I hope the Longhorns enjoyed their vacation in Oklahoma City because its clear they didn't come to play baseball.

Division 1
#4 Texas A&M 2-0
#5 Texas Tech 1-1
#8 Missouri 1-1
#1 Texas 0-2
Division 2
#2 Oklahoma 1-0
#6 Baylor 1-0
#3 Kansas State 0-1
#7 Kansas 0-1

As I walked through Bricktown on Wednesday the Texas fans were chanting the usual anti OU slurs while bragging about winning a Big 12 championship in the Sooners own backyard. The story was a bit different on Thursday evening after the Longhorns suffered their second loss in as many tries at the Big 12 Championship. Now, we're hearing about how the best pitchers were held back for playing in championship games and on into the regionals. Well, now those aces can get a nice long rest because there will be no Big 12 Baseball Championship coming to Austin this year. Besides that, pitchers don't runs bases (only 5 runs off 17 hits in the two games) and they didn't contribute to the four errors committed by the Longhorns over the last two games.

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
Texas............... 001 000 010 - 2 7 2
Texas Tech.......... 100 030 00X - 4 8 1


The Longhorns can thank the Texas Tech Red Raiders, more specifically Barrett Barnes who homered twice and drove in three runs, for their elimination. The Red Raiders never trailed in the game as Chad Bettis and Bobby Doran held the Longhorn offense at bay all afternoon. Unfortunately Tech has been eliminated from championship competition as well but taking down the Horns has to be a nice consolation. No word yet at to whether Texas will actually acknowledge this loss to the Red Raiders.

The story of the day was the Texas A&M Aggies who secured their spot in Sunday's championship game with a dismantling of the Missouri Tigers. Missouri didn't do much to help their cause by committing three errors but the Aggies were very methodical in scoring single runs in the second, third and seventh innings and two runs in each of the sixth and eighth innings. Barrett Loux pitched seven strong innings to get his 10th win of the season. He allowed just two runs on six hits. After the game it was discovered that the Tigers felt that they would have had a better chance at winning if they were playing in the Big 10 tournament instead.

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
Texas A&M........... 011 002 120 - 7 11 1
Missouri............ 000 002 000 - 2 6 3