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Missouri baseball team upsets Texas at Big 12 tournament

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 | 8:02 p.m. CDT; updated 11:28 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Missouri starting pitcher Eric Anderson earned his third victory of the season against Texas on Wednesday in the Tigers' Big 12 Tournament opener in Oklahoma City.

The Missouri baseball team upset top-seeded Texas 6-4 in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday afternoon in Oklahoma City.

Tigers senior outfielder Jonah Schmidt produced the winning hit with a three-run double with two outs in the sixth inning that broke a 3-3 tie.

The Tigers collected 12 hits against against the Longhorns (40-14), the top pitching team in the league, while Missouri sophomore right-hander Eric Anderson let up eight hits over seven innings to move to 3-0 this season.

"It gave us a chance to know that we're going to play at least two more games," Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said about the victory. "It gives us a chance to keep playing until Sunday. We realize that's what we have to do. We have to keep winning to keep playing."

Eighth-seeded Missouri (25-30) moves on to play fourth-seeded Oklahoma State at 4 p.m. Thursday. The Cowboys (35-21) swept the Tigers in a three-game series at the start of April in Stillwater, Okla. The Tigers will start freshman left-hander Rob Zastryzny.

“We’re a much better team right now than we were when we were in Stillwater," Jamieson said. "Whether that means anything or not, it’s hard to say, but we like where we are. You have to play good teams right now anyway, so I kind of like the law of averages right now.”

Schmidt went 2-for-5 with four RBIs on Wednesday. Conner Mach also went 2-for-5 and scored twice to maintain a 10-game hit streak, while Brannon Champagne went 3-for-4 and scored twice.

Missouri's first two batters in the sixth inning flew out. Then Mach singled and Champagne walked. Sophomore first baseman Eric Garcia reached on an infield single to load the bases, bringing Schmidt to the plate. He doubled to left center to clear the bases and put Mizzou ahead 6-3.

"I was just looking to see (the pitch) up, put a good swing on it and not try to do too much with it," Schmidt said. "That's when I get in trouble, if I try to do too much with a pitch I can handle. That's when I pop it up, so I was just trying to stay smooth and put a good swing on it."

Senior left-hander Phil McCormick threw the final two innings for Missouri to earn his team-leading seventh save of the season.


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