OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Gonzalez drove in the winning run in the 11th inning to lead Texas A&M to a comeback victory over Kansas State on Saturday and put his team in the Big 12 tournament championship game.
Kansas State led 8-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Aggies scored four runs on three hits and an error. K-State closer James Allen entered the game in the eighth with the score 8-6, the bases loaded and nobody out. He struck out the first batter he faced, but walked the next to force in a run. The tying run scored on Tyler Naquin's slow roller to short, which K-State was unable to turn into an out.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the 11th, when Matt Juengel doubled off the wall. Jacob House singled and the next batter was intentionally walked to load the bases. With the infield in, Gonzalez hit a high chopper over third base, scoring Juengel with the winning run.
Kansas State (36-23) hope to receive an at-large berth when the NCAA tournament selections are announced Monday.
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The Aggies (41-18) will play for the title today against Missouri winner.
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W—Martin 2-1. L—Fasola 0-1. HR—Kansas State, Urban (2).
Kansas State batting—Kivett 0-4, Urban 1-6, Martini 0-4, Jas. King 2-4, Hinkle 1-5, Kindel 1-4, Witt 2-5, Graskewicz 3-4, Klein 0-1, Brown 0-3.
Kansas State pitching—Freeman, 3 IP-3 ER, Esquivel 3 1/3-1, Moore 2/3-2, Bahramzadeh 0-2, Allen 1-0, Fasola 2-1, Doller 0-0.
Missouri ousts Texas _ Missouri became the first eight seed to reach the championship game, beating Texas 2-1 after losing to the Longhorns 6-1 earlier in the day.
Missouri's Kelly Fick pitched a career-high seven innings of shutout ball in the 2-1 win. MU scored a run in the second on Jesse Santo's RBI-double, and went up 2-0 in the seventh when Blake Brown homered.
In the early game, Brandon Loy had two RBIs and scored twice to lead Texas.
Loy went 3 of 4 as Texas (43-14) put up runs in the third, fourth fifth and seventh, capping the effort with two runs in the eighth.
Texas reliever Kendal Carrilo (5-1) took over for Sam Stafford in the fourth. Carrilo threw a season-high 3 2/3 innings, striking out six while allowing one hit.