OKLAHOMA CITY | Missouri starter Kyle Gibson dominated his six innings and the Tigers survived some anxious moments in the ninth to hold off Texas A&M 5-2 in the Big 12 baseball championship on Wednesday.
Gibson, an All-Big 12 performer, scatted three hits and struck out seven in his best outing in a month.Ian Berger, Kelly Fick, Phil McCormick kept the Aggies off the scoreboard over the next two innings, but A&M rallied for two runs off closer Brad Buehler in the ninth.
With one out and the tying run at the plate, Mizzou Coach Tim Jamieson brought in starting pitcher Nick Tepesch. He coaxed a pair of ground outs from Brooks Raley and Luke Anders to pick up his first save of the season.
Missouri escaped a bases loaded one-out jam in the eighth when McCormick coaxed an inning-ending double play.
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Mizzou got a towering, opposite field two-run homer from Steve Gray in the fourth to open a 4-0 lead.
The Tigers don’t play Thursday and take on Texas Tech at 3 p.m. on Friday.