After a nice run by the Kansas Jayhawks baseball team, the rival Missouri Tigers knocked them out of the Big 12 Championship tournament 12-2 in the semi-finals. KU made a surprising run and even defeated Texas and Texas A&M along the way. The loss to Missouri- of all times- is disheartening, but we should all be proud for the accomplishments of this team in the postseason tourney.
Both teams pitched a variety of pitchers to mixed results for Kansas (mostly poor) and good results for Mizzou. Jeff Emens pitched the final 3.2 innings with five strikeouts and allowed no runs and one hit, and he deserved to pick up the win for the Tigers. He was the best pitcher in this game and shut down the Jayhawks at the end.
Tanner Pope only lasted one inning and received his fifth loss of the season,as Pope never recorded a win this year. He allowed two runs and four walks in his appearance.
Missouri was led by star right fielder Dane Opel, who drove in five runs, scored three times, and had three hits in the game. Michael McGraw and Ben Turner also had three hits each, with Turner scoring three times and driving in two runs and the DH McGraw driving in three runs.
The Jayhawks had only three hits in the game, with all three Mizzou pitchers allowing just one hit apiece. Lead-off hitter and right fielder Tucker Tharp led the way with two hits and two RBIs for KU, and opposing lead-off hitter and shortstop Eric Garcia had two runs and two hits. Tharp hit a solo shot and drove in both of the team’s runs in this game in the third and fourth innings. Opel doubled and tripled and was definitely the MVP in this critical rivalry match-up.