Missouri got another chance Monday.
The Tigers baseball team received an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. The Tigers (37-21-1) earned a No. 3 regional seed and will play No. 2 seed Wichita State (47-14) at 2 p.m. Friday in Fayetteville, Ark.
Coach Tim Jamieson said he was a little nervous about leaving the Tigers fate in the selection committee’s hands after Sunday’s loss to Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Conference Tournament championship. The Cowboy (37-22) defeated the Tigers 10-9 in 13 innings in Arlington, Texas to automatically advance to the regionals. The Cowboys will face Central Florida (44-16) on Friday in Tallahassee, Fla.
“First of all we are excited about playing in the regional and feel fortunate,” Jamieson said.
Jamieson said the Tigers have been playing disciplined baseball and have had great pitching throughout the season, which gives him a confidence. The Tigers won seven straight before Sunday.
“We are playing our best baseball right now,” Jamieson said. “We going there to win the regional.”
Missouri finished the regular season seventh in the Big 12 with a 12-14 record and ranked fourth in the conference in team pitching with a 3.79 earned run average. Jamieson said Danny Hill (5-4), a right-handed senior, might start for Friday’s game. Hill led the Tigers with 89 strikeouts in the regular season and has a 4.26 ERA.
Wichita State coach Gene Stephenson said he is unfamiliar with the Tigers.
“We don’t know much about them other than they contended very well in the Big 12,” Stephenson said.
Wichita State won the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament defeating Southern Illinois 5-1 on Saturday.
Four other Big 12 teams will compete in the tournament. Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Texas A&M will play opening-round games Friday. The Longhorns (50-13) earned the No.1 national seed and play Youngstown (22-30) in Austin, Texas. The Sooners play UCLA (33-27) in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Red Raiders will face Mississippi State (34-22) in Atlanta, and the Aggies will play Lamar (41-14) in Houston.
ALL-BIG 12 TEAM: Lee Laskowski and Garrett Broshuis were named to the team on Monday, while Ryan Ralo earned second team honors. Broshuis (10-0, 4-0 in the Big 12) will tie the school record for wins with one more victory.
Hill, Cody Ehlers, James Boone, Mark Alexander and Nathan Culp were honorable mention. Ehlers was also named the Big 12 Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.