Big 12 Tourney, Day 3: Red Raiders, Aggies Try to Stay Alive

Friday, May 22nd 2009, 9:23 pm
By: News 9

Staff and Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Big 12 baseball tournament continued Friday at the Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City with two games.

Missouri v. Texas Tech

Michael Reed drove in the go-ahead run during a two-out rally in the eighth inning as Texas Tech beat Missouri 4-2 Friday at the Big 12 baseball tournament.

Reed's single to center field brought home Chris Richburg to make it 3-2, and Taylor Ashby then scored on catcher Ryan Ampleman's error on the throw to the plate.

The third-seeded Tigers (33-24) had taken the lead on Aaron Senne's RBI single in the top of the eighth before relievers Kelly Fick and Brad Buehler (1-3) gave up three runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Ashby's two-out single to left pulled the seventh-seeded Red Raiders (25-31) even at 2 before Reed provided the decisive hit.

Texas Tech's Chad Bettis (6-1) gave up one run on two hits in three innings of relief, combining with Nathan Karns on a four-hitter.

Texas A&M v. Oklahoma

Brett Parsons came off the bench to drive in five runs and Texas A&M kept its hopes alive for the Big 12 tournament title by outslugging Oklahoma 17-15 on Friday night.

The Aggies (35-22) rallied back after falling behind 6-0 in the first inning, but then had to stave off a five-run surge by the Sooners in the ninth inning.

Texas A&M's victory means all four teams on the bottom half of the bracket can still win the conference title heading into the final day of pool play Saturday.

Parsons had a pinch-hit two-run double as the Aggies cut their deficit to 6-5 in the first inning and went on to score in all but one inning.

Joe Patterson added four hits and four RBIs, and Alex Wilson (6-6) threw five effective innings of relief. Travis Starling got the final two outs for his fourth save.

J.T. Wise led second-seeded Oklahoma (41-17) with three hits and four RBIs. Jeremy Erben (0-1) took the loss as all six Sooners pitchers gave up at least two runs.

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