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May 25, 2012

Missouri upsets Texas A&M in Big 12 tournament

Big 12 baseball briefs

OKLAHOMA CITY — Blake Brown homered, Jeff Emens pitched 3 2-3 innings of no-hit relief and Missouri upset two-time defending champion Texas A&M 5-3 in the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.

Emens struck out the side in the ninth inning to send Missouri (30-26) into a Saturday afternoon game against the winner of Friday night's meeting between Texas A&M (42-15) and Kansas.

Brown's 10th homer of the year broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning, and the Tigers added two more runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Scott Sommerfield and Eric Garcia.

Mitchell Nau's bases-loaded single pulled the Aggies to 4-3 in the sixth and chased Missouri starter Blake Holovach (7-4). Emens struck out six of the 12 batters he faced.

A&M starter Michael Wacha (8-1) lost for the first time this season. He allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk. He struck out eight.

Kansas eliminates Texas

A three-run first inning and strong pitching lifted Kansas to a 4-2 win over Texas and eliminates the Longhorns from the Big 12 baseball tournament.

Kansas' Wes Benjamin (5-7) gave up one run on five hits over six innings to get the win in Thursday's game in Oklahoma City while Robert Kahana allowed one run during the final three innings to earn the save for the fourth-seeded Jayhawks (23-33).

John Curtiss (2-3) gave up all four Kansas runs over 6 2-3 innings to take the loss for second-seeded Texas (30-22).

Kansas will play Friday against the loser of Thursday's Missouri-Texas A&M game.

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