Tigers fall to Aggies, lose chance at Big 12 title game

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Missouri blew its chance to play in the Big 12 baseball tournament championship.

Top-seeded Texas A&M beat the No. 4 Tigers 6-2 on Saturday at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, denying MU a spot in the finals at 1 p.m. Sunday. If the Tigers had won, they would have advanced. Texas set the table for MU by earlier defeating Oklahoma 11-10.

Now, Texas will be one of the teams in the championship. Its opponent will be determined this evening.

Texas went 2-1 in pool play, as did Oklahoma. MU and Texas A&M finished 1-2. The tiebreaker to determine which team advances when two teams have the same record is head-to-head.

As for MU, it can start preparing for the NCAA regionals next week.

MU trailed 5-0 when second baseman Greg Folgia homered in the top of the eighth, his fifth of the year. Steve Gray hit a homer in the ninth, his ninth of the season, for the Tigers, who totaled six hits against Texas A&M.

Texas A&M put the Tigers in comebacks mode when Kyle Colligan cracked a 450-foot home run above the bullpen in left center off Ian Berger.

The Aggies took advantage of two errors by Berger in the bottom of the fifth, the key blow a three-run homer on the first pitch to Jose Duran. The Aggies had gone ahead 2-0 after Berger’s errant pickoff throw put a runner on third. Colligan proceeded to bloop a single to right for another RBI. Dane Carter came up next and bunted, but Berger’s throw was wild to first.

That set the stage for Duran, who hit his sixth homer this season. Texas A&M recorded another homer in the eighth when Luke Anders hit his 14th this season off reliever Nick Tepesch. The Aggies, 4-0 this season against the Tigers, have hit nine homers against them.

MU had destiny in its hands after Texas gave MU hope to play for the title when earlier the Longhorns rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth. David Hernandez delivered the game-winning hit with a runner on second and two outs.

The Longhorns, who led 6-1 entering the seventh inning, fought back after giving up their lead. Oklahoma scored three in the ninth to go in front by two.