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.
NCAA Tournament Field
Missouri will find out its NCAA regional destination when the complete field is announced at 11 a.m. Monday. A one-hour selection show will be aired live on ESPNU. The 16 regional host sites have already been determined.
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