The Missouri baseball team will make its ninth straight appearance in a Big 12 Conference Tournament when the Tigers play Texas on Wednesday afternoon in Oklahoma City.
The Longhorns (40-13), who are the top seed, finished the regular season tied atop the standings with Texas A&M at 19-8. They are trying for their fifth tournament title.
Game 1: No. 4 Oklahoma State vs. No. 5 Baylor, 9 a.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Texas vs. No. 8 Missouri
Game 3: No. 2 Texas A&M vs. No. 7 Texas Tech
Game 4: No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 6 Kansas State
Missouri (24-30) earned the No. 8 seed at the tournament with a victory last Friday at Nebraska. Although the Tigers lost their final two regular season games Saturday at Nebraska, before then, they had used a string of four straight series victories put themselves in position to secure a spot at the tournament. Missouri finished at 11-15 in the conference. The Cornhuskers (9-17) and Kansas (9-18) did not make the tournament lineup.
The Tigers surge in conference play came after a lineup change in which junior Conner Mach was moved to the leadoff spot and sophomore Blake Brown was moved to the No. 5 spot. The Tigers have gone 9-5 in the last 14 conference games since the change.
Texas led the league in pitching this season with a 2.21 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .196 average. Texas pitcher Taylor Jungmann has allowed just four earned runs in 49 innings.
Missouri went 0-3 this season against Texas, but won last season's tournament opener against the Longhorns 7-3. The Tigers have never won a tournament title but reached the championship game in 2004 and 2009.
The tournament returns to a double-elimination format this year after using a pool play system, in which all teams were guaranteed at least three games, for the past five years.