COLUMBIA — Missouri pitcher Jeff Emens struck out the side in the ninth inning against Texas A&M to seal the 5-3 victory for the Tigers at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.
Emens did not allow a hit in 3 2/3 innings of relief pitching as the No. 6 seed Tigers upset the No. 2 seed Aggies in game eight of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.
Missouri took the lead in the fourth inning when Blake Brown homered to break a 1-1 tie. Scott Sommerfeld and Eric Garcia padded the lead with RBI singles in the fifth inning.
Texas A&M pulled within one run in the sixth inning when Mitchell Nau knocked in two runs with a bases-loaded single off of Missouri starter Blake Holovach. Emens came in for Holovach after the hit by Nau and earned his third save of the season, recording a season-high six strikeouts.
Missouri will play next at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The Tigers will face the winner of a game between Texas A&M and Kansas to be played at 7 p.m. Friday.