Missouri baseball beats Nebraska, clinches spot at Big 12 tournament

Friday, May 20, 2011 | 8:45 p.m. CDT; updated 5:57 p.m. CDT, Saturday, May 21, 2011

 Missouri baseball clinched a spot at the Big 12 conference tournament with a 10-5 win the Cornhuskers on Friday in Nebraska. After two days of intermittent play because of several rain delays, the Tigers (24-28, 11-13) scored eight runs in the final inning and a third to beat the Cornhuskers (28-25, 7-17) for the 10th straight year and earn a conference tournament berth for the ninth straight year.

Nebraska clung to a 4-2 lead in the top of the eighth when second-basemen Andrew Thigpen doubled in a run and later scored on leadoff man Conner Mach’s single, knotting the game at 4-4. Missouri then scored the go-ahead run on a ground-ball single from Brandon Champagne.

Missouri reliever Phil McCormick gave up a single and hit two batters to load the bases in the bottom half of the inning. Second-basemen Brian Peters then singled in the tying run before McCormick struck out three to end the inning.

The Tigers then scattered two hits on each side of 37-minute rain delay and scored five runs on the help of two Nebraska errors.

McCormick picked up the win after retiring the side in the ninth and finishing with four strikeouts in two innings pitched.

Champagne went 2-6 with three RBIs and Mach went 2-4 with two RBIs for the Tigers.

Missouri and Nebraska play their last two games of the regular season tomorrow, at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Lincoln, Neb.

After being swept in their first two conference series and losing a third, the Tigers reeled off four straight series wins. A win tomorrow would mean a fifth, and a sweep of the doubleheader could move the Tigers up a spot into fifth place. 



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