Missouri, Kansas set to show down in Big 12 baseball tournament

Friday, May 25, 2012 | 10:21 p.m. CDT; updated 10:41 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 25, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY — Thomas Taylor allowed three runs in a complete-game effort, lifting Kansas to a 5-3 win over Texas A&M on Friday in the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament.

Taylor (5-7) gave up seven hits and struck out nine, helping the seventh-seeded Jayhawks (24-33) continue their tournament run a day after eliminating third-seeded Texas. They next face Missouri on Saturday and must defeat the Tigers twice to advance to Sunday's championship game.

The second-seeded Aggies (42-16) led 2-0 after the top of the first following a two-run double by Jacob House.

Dakota Smith answered with a two-run home run for Kansas in the second, and Jordan Dreiling put the Jayhawks up for good in the fourth with a two-run triple.

Ross Stripling (10-3) took the loss for Texas A&M.

Baylor routs Kansas State in Big 12 tournament

Baylor crushed Kansas State 11-2 in the Big 12 baseball tournament to advance to play Oklahoma and eliminate Kansas State.

Top-seeded Baylor (44-13) scored twice in both the first and second innings and got strong pitching from starter Tyler Bremer (6-1) who gave up just two runs in eight innings for the win Friday.

K-State starter Robert Youngdahl (2-2) gave up four runs — two earned — in 1 2-3 innings and took the loss.

Big 12 Player of the Year Josh Ludy hit a two-run homer during a four-run eighth as Baylor broke the game open.

OU beat Baylor 3-2 Thursday and the two teams play again Saturday morning. An OU win eliminates Baylor while a Baylor win would force an elimination game between the two teams Saturday afternoon.

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