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Missouri baseball falls to Texas A&M in Big 12 title game

Sunday, May 29, 2011 | 5:53 p.m. CDT
Texas A&M's Kenny Jackson, front, slides past Missouri catcher Ben Turner, rear, to score in the fourth inning of the Big 12 baseball tournament championship game in Oklahoma City on Sunday, May 29.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Andrew Collazo hit a game-ending home run into the left-field bleachers with two outs in the 10th inning Sunday, lifting Texas A&M to a 10-9 victory over Missouri and its second straight Big 12 tournament title.

Collazo pumped his fist as he rounded the bases following his first home run of the season and was mobbed as he jumped onto home plate to score the winning run.

Collazo's throwing error had opened the door for the Tigers to take a 9-8 lead in the ninth inning, but the Aggies (42-18) tied it on pinch hitter Gregg Alcazar's chop single with two outs in the ninth before winning it in the 10th.

It's the second straight year Texas A&M won the title with a game-winning home run in the 10th. Brodie Greene provided the theatrics with a two-run shot in last year's championship game.

The loss denied Missouri (27-32) a shot at making the NCAA tournament field despite a losing record. The Tigers rebounded from a 1-8 start in league play to earn the last spot in the Big 12 tournament, then nearly became the first No. 8 seed to win it all.

Mizzou squandered an early 6-0 advantage before rallying for two runs to take a 9-8 lead.

Collazo threw wildly into right field on a potential double-play grounder to third, and Blake Brown followed with a run-scoring groundout to tie it at 8-8. Jesse Santo's line-drive single to center provided the go-ahead run, but the Tigers couldn't close it out.

Scott Arthur pinch-ran for Jacob House with two outs in the ninth and stole second before coming around to score on Alcazar's high-bouncing base hit to left field.

Collazo then made up for his bad throw with a rare home run.

It ended a storybook run for Missouri, which beat top-seeded Texas twice to get to the title game — getting seven shutout innings from Kelly Fick in his first start since last year's Big 12 tournament to advance Saturday night.

Fick wore the same number — 21 — that was on a jersey damaged in last week's deadly tornado in Joplin that hung in the Tigers' dugout for inspiration. Missouri was trying to win its first conference tournament title since 1980 in the Big Eight.

Texas A&M was one of 16 host sites for NCAA regionals that were announced Sunday. On Monday, the Aggies will find out if they also earned a top-eight seed.

Jonah Schmidt had a two-run single to the corner in left in the first inning, then smacked another to deep center in Missouri's four-run second inning. The Tigers then loaded the bases with one out in the third before failing to score, failing to put the Aggies away.

A&M scored five times in the bottom of the third, which started with Brandon Wood's pop fly falling in shallow right for a double. He scored on Kenny Jackson's single.

After C.J. Jarvis misplayed a grounder at third, the Aggies tacked on four unearned runs. Krey Bratsen had a sacrifice fly and Matt Juengel a two-out RBI single — with Collazo barely beating Brown's throw from right field with a head-first slide.

House's RBI single and Adam Smith's RBI double got Texas A&M within 6-5.


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