Making their eighth NCAA regional baseball appearance in 10 seasons, the Missouri Tigers burned through four pitchers and were outhit 20-4 in a 15-3 loss to the top-seeded Arizona Wildcats Friday night in Tucson, Ariz.
After struggling at the end of the season, the Tigers found success in the Big 12 tournament to earn a berth in national postseason play. They start NCAA regional play Friday in Tucson, Ariz.
As the Big 12 tournament champions, the Missouri baseball team will open NCAA Tournament play this Friday against regional host Arizona.
Missouri coach Tim Jamieson had been this close before — painfully close — and the title slipped away both times. And this was his last chance, with the Tigers getting ready to start chasing Southeastern Conference crowns next season.
The Missouri baseball team beat Oklahoma 8-7 on Sunday in the Big 12 tournament championship game to give the Tigers their first conference crown since 1980.
The Tigers never trailed in Saturday's final Big 12 meeting between the rivals, riding Dane Opel's hitting to earn a 12-2 eight-inning victory over the Jayhawks.
The Missouri Tigers will meet Kansas in the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament Saturday. Kansas beat Texas A&M 5-3 Friday to advance. In other action, Baylor beat Kansas State 11-2.
The Missouri baseball team defeated Texas A&M 5-3 on Thursday night in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. Missouri will face either Texas A&M or Kansas on Saturday.
A quality outing from Rob Zastryzny was enough to stifle the Texas bats in Missouri's Big 12 tournament win Wednesday night.
At the Big 12 baseball awards luncheon Tuesday, opposing coaches took turns saying goodbye to Texas A&M's Rob Childress and Missouri's Tim Jamieson, who will take their teams to the SEC next season.
Missouri pitcher Dusty Ross was named All-Big 12 second team, and four other Tigers were honorable mentions.
The Tigers won 2-of-3 games against the Longhorns this season.
Missouri's 6-3 victory Saturday at Kansas gives the Tigers a No. 6 seed in next week's Big 12 Conference tournament.
The Missouri baseball team lost 6-3 on Friday at Kansas, dropping the Tigers to 27-26 overall and 9-14 in the Big 12 Conference.
Rob Zastryzny, Missouri's sophomore starter, suffered the loss after keeping Kansas scoreless until the seventh inning when the Jayhawks scored the winning run on a two-out double.
John Miles pitched seven innings and only allowed one run.
Missouri is scheduled to play the second game of its three-game series against Memphis at 2 p.m. Saturday.
With a 10-5 come-from-behind win Wednesday at Taylor Stadium, Missouri completed its first season sweep of Missouri State since 2000 and extended its winning streak to three games.
Andreas Plackis, a redshirt junior on the Missouri baseball team, has seen success in athletics and academics. This fall, he will forgo his final year of baseball eligibility to pursue his lifelong goal of attending medical school.
John Miles, a freshman right-handed pitcher on the Missouri baseball team, has been named Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week.