OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jacob Priday and Brock Bond combined to drive in nine runs as Missouri routed Oklahoma State 13-1 on Saturday in both teams’ final game in the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament.
Missouri (40-16) and Oklahoma State (38-19) both had already been eliminated from title-game contention after each lost their first two pool-play games to Oklahoma and Baylor, who played late Saturday for a berth opposite Texas A&M (43-16) in Sunday’s title game.
Priday staked the Tigers to an early lead with a two-run first-inning double, and hit a three-run home run during a five-run fourth-inning outburst.
Bond, who went 4-for-5, had a two-run single during the fourth and also had run-scoring singles in the second and fifth innings.
Rick Zagone (7-2) allowed five hits and struck out six in six innings for Missouri. Oklahoma State starter Martin Beno (1-3) took the loss, lasting just 1 2/3 innings. The game was shortened to seven innings because of the run rule.
Ty Wright and Keanon Simon had two hits each for the Cowboys.
Texas 5, Nebraska 4
Chance Wheeless went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs as Texas held off Nebraska 5-4. Top-seeded Texas (44-15) finished 2-1 in pool play and tied with Texas A&M, but the Aggies advanced to the title game based on a head-to-head win over Texas earlier in the tournament.
Fourth-seeded Nebraska (30-25) finished 1-2 in pool play.
Wheeless had a run-scoring single in the first inning and added another in a two-run third inning for the Longhorns. In between, Preston Clark hit his eighth home run of the season for Texas off Nebraska starter Johnny Dorn (9-3).
Texas led 4-1 after the top of the third. Nebraska pulled within 4-3 in the bottom of the inning on a two-run single by Jake Opitz, but the Cornhuskers managed only four hits the rest of the way off Texas relievers Austin Wood (8-1) and Randy Boone, who recorded his 13th save.
Trailing 5-4 in the eighth, Nebraska left the bases loaded when Jeff Lanning hit into a force play.
Texas A&M 7, Kansas St. 2
Craig Stinson went 3-for-5 with a pair of run-scoring singles to help lift Texas A&M to a 7-2 win over Kansas State.
Texas A&M took an early lead in the first inning when Brian Ruggiano doubled, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a Blake Stouffer ground out. The Aggies added two more runs in the second frame on RBI base hits by Kyle Colligan and Parker Dalton and never trailed.
Kansas State (34-24) stranded 14 base runners in the game and was eliminated from championship-game consideration with the loss.
The Wildcats scored one run in the second inning on a solo homer by Rob Vaughn and added another in the sixth frame when Derek Bunker hit an RBI single that scored Vaughn.
David Newmann (10-1) scattered five hits through five innings and struck out two for the win. Travis Starling allowed two hits and no runs in 3 2/3 innings of relief for his first save.
Chase Bayuk (5-6) gave up eight hits and six runs through seven innings in the loss.