May 29, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Mizzou baseball team fell 10-9 on a walk off homerun by Texas A&M's Andrew Collazo in the bottom of the 10th inning in the Championship Game of the Big 12 Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Bricktown Ballpark. The game was a back-and-forth affair as Mizzou had a 9-8 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning and had A&M down to its last strike in the frame. The loss ends the Tigers' season at 27-32 overall.
Jonah Schmidt led the Tigers at the plate, going 2-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBI and a run scored. Conner Mach homered in the game, going 1-6 with a run scored and an RBI. Brannon Champagne went 2-6 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI while Eric Garcia also had a fine day, going 4-6 with three runs scored and an RBI. Senior shortstop Jesse Santo also appeared to drive in the game-winning run in the top of the ninth with an RBI single, putting Mizzou on top 9-8. He finished the day going 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Mach, Schmidt and yesterday's hero Kelly Fick were all named to the All-Tournament team.
Mizzou got on the board in the top of the first as both Champagne and Garcia reached on singles. Schmidt then came in and laced a two-run double into the corner in left field to plate the game's first runs. The Tigers continued to score early as Santo blasted a double down the left field line to get things started. CJ Jarvis bunted him to third and Thigpen then drew a walk. After Mach popped out, things really got going for the Tigers in the second.
Champagne ripped an RBI single to right field to plate a run and Garcia followed with an RBI single to center to put Mizzou in top, 4-0. Then, just as he did in the first inning, Schmidt hit a laser into center for his second two-run double of the game to put the Tigers on top, 6-0.
Then things got wild from there as Texas A&M scored five runs in the third, only one of which was earned as an error by Jarvis at third cost the Tigers. Mizzou appeared to get out of the inning on a great throw home by Blake Brown
, but the tag was just late and the third run of the inning scored. The Aggies went on to tack on two more before the end of the inning and added two more in the fourth to take a 7-6 lead.
But Mach evened things up in the sixth as he launched a solo shot over the wall in left, good for his fourth homer of the year. That tied the game at 7-7. Texas A&M came back and scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a fielder's choice by Santo in which he did not get the out at second base. It was a close play, but it allowed the go-ahead run to score, putting A&M on top, 8-7.
But just as Mizzou did all season, they clawed their way back to score two runs in the top of the ninth. Garcia opened the inning with a single and he advanced to third on an error on a Schmidt grounder to third. That put runners on the corners with no outs. Brown grounded out to second to score the tying run and after a single, Santo singled to right center to drive in the go-ahead run, giving Mizzou a 9-8 lead.
But A&M tied it after Phil McCormick tallied two outs and got Gregg Alcazar down to his final strike. But he hit a slow chopper over third to score the game-tying run from second. That set up the walk-off shot for Collazo in the 10th. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.