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Missouri baseball team wins first Big 12 tournament title

Sunday, May 27, 2012 | 4:50 p.m. CDT; updated 10:26 p.m. CDT, Sunday, May 27, 2012
Missouri players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Big 12 Conference tournament championship with an 8-7 victory over Oklahoma on Sunday in Oklahoma City.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Ben Turner and Dillon Everett each drove in two runs, Blake Brown scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and Missouri won its first conference crown since 1980 by beating Oklahoma 8-7 on Sunday in the Big 12 championship game.

Playing in their final Big 12 game before leaving for the Southeastern Conference next season, the sixth-seeded Tigers (32-27) squandered a five-run lead before scoring late to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Brown singled to start the eighth and moved to third when Steven Okert (8-7) fielded Turner's sacrifice bunt and threw it off of Brown and into center field. Brown then scored on Dane Opel's double-play grounder.

The game ended when pinch-hitter Eric Simpson's grounder into right field hit off Caleb Bushyhead as he ran from first to second, and the Tigers dogpiled on the infield.


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