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.