Missouri Defeats OU in Big 12 Championship

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 26, 2006

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Sooners recorded two costly errors in the first inning and Missouri posted five runs in the frame to cruise to an 11-0 run-rule victory (seven innings) on Friday at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. 

The Tigers have won three straight Big 12 Championship games over the Sooners and hold a 3-2 edge in the postseason.

The loss drops OU’s overall record to 39-19 and 0-2 in the Big 12 postseason, while Missouri jumped to 31-24 and 2-0.  The loss eliminates the Sooners from the championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m.

After sweeping the season series earlier in the year, Oklahoma did not find the same success on Friday against Missouri.  After falling behind 5-0 in the first frame, OU had trouble getting its offense going with Max Scherzer (7-1) on the mound.

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Scherzer lasted the full seven innings, with five strikeouts, and surrendered four hits and zero walks. 

OU’s Steven Guerra (10-3) allowed Missouri to plate six runs on his watch, which lasted five innings, but only two of the runs were earned. 

The Tigers padded their lead in the fourth inning off Derek Chambers solo homer and added another run in the sixth on Matt Lovelady’s watch. 

In the seventh inning, the Sooners committed their third error of the game to allow a Tiger run to score before Missouri completed the run rule with a three-run long ball off the bat of J.C. Field.  Field finished the game 2-for-5 with five RBI and Ryan Lollis drove in two runs off two hits.

For OU, Ryan Rohlinger, Kody Kaiser, Jackson Williams and Freddy Rodriguez each collected a hit off Scherzer who limited the Sooners to one base knock a year ago, despite Missouri dropping the ball game in Columbia.

OU will conclude play in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Saturday against Oklahoma State at 5 p.m.  The Cowboys (0-1) are in action tonight against Kansas (1-0) at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. 





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