Feb. 15, 2012; Peoria, AZ, USA; A baseball and bat sit in the grass on the field during a Seattle Mariners pitchers and catchers workout at the Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas Jayhawks in Big 12 Baseball Championship

The Kansas Jayhawks baseball team clinched a spot in the Big 12 Championship after defeating the Missouri Tigers 6-3, and the Jayhawks are now at 22-31 overall and 7-15 in conference play. The Tigers are now 27-26 and 9-14 against other Big 12 teams.

Freshman ace Wes Benjamin tore through 7.1 innings of two-run ball, and he allowed just four hits and a walk with three strikeouts. It took him just 87 pitches to get through this one, while Mizzou received little stability from their pitching staff in this 6-3 victory for KU.

James Stanfield and Alex DeLeon had two hits apiece in the No. 3 and 4 holes respectively, with Stanfield knocking through his fifth double of the year. No. 9 hitter and left fielder Michael Suiter also had two hits for the Jayhawks, and he had a game-high two RBIs.

For the Tigers, shortstop Eric Garcia led the way as the lead-off hitter and was the only Tigers hitter with multiple hits. He tripled in this one, and right fielder Blake Brown scored twice and hit his 11th double of the season.

With the win, Wes Benjamin improves to 4-7 on the season, and Kansas won despite leaving ten runners on base. The team had nine hits overall, but they also drew four walks, a wild pitch, and two HBPs.

Tags: Alex DeLeon Big 12 Championship Eric Garcia James Stanfield Kansas Jayhawks Baseball Michael Suiter Missouri Wes Benjamin

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