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Big 12 Tournament Champions

The Texas Longhorns are champions of both the Big 12 regular season and the Big 12 Tournament. Texas beat Missouri, 12-7, Sunday in Oklahoma City to take the tournament championship. Up next: The NCAA Tournament.
Missouri Tigers 7 (34-25) 100 030 003 – 7r 4h 1e Texas Longhorns 12 (41-13-1) 001 (11)00 00X – 12r 9h 4e Box score

How Texas won – Simply put: The fourth inning.

The Big 12 Championship was far from a perfect game for Texas. The Longhorns committed four errors, gave up seven runs — including three in the ninth inning in a late charge from Missouri — and did little at the plate for most of the game.

But Texas didn’t need a perfect game, just a perfect half-inning. The Longhorns scored an incredible 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, giving them more than enough to hold on for the 12-7 victory and a Big 12 Tournament title. Over the course of the bottom of the fourth, an inning that was highlighted by a grand slam homerun from Cameron Rupp, Texas sent 15 batters to the plate.

MVP on the mound – Brandon Workman, RHP, Texas

The game’s MVP on the mound was most distinctly not Missouri’s Ian Berger, Ryan Club and Phil McCormick. The three Missouri relievers combined for a grand total of two-thirds of an inning pitched and nine earned runs, getting shelled by the Longhorns in the fourth.

Austin Dicharry (7-2) officially got the win for Texas, but the freshman right-hander gave up three runs, two earned, in his two innings on the mound and was the pitcher of record because he was on the mound when the Horns went on their tear in the fourth.

The best pitcher on the mound Sunday was Texas starter Brandon Workman, who was only in for three innings but made the most of his time out there, giving up just one hit, one run and two walks and struck out five of the 13 batters he faced.

MVP at the plate – Preston Clark, C, Texas

There were a lot of key batters for Texas Sunday, given that seven Longhorns got at least one hit and seven Longhorns had at least one RBI, but the MVP was catcher Preston Clark. The senior from Rockwall had a pair of hits, including his first homerun of the year, two RBI and a run. Honorable mention also goes to Cameron Rupp and Brandon Loy. Rupp had just one hit but it was a big one, crushing a grand slam out of the park during the Horns’ 11-run fourth. Loy put up a pair of hits, a pair of RBI and named the official MVP for Big 12 Tournament.

Here is the Big 12’s official All-Tournament Team…

2009 PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM 1B – Brandon Belt, Texas 2B – Joey Hainsfurther, Baylor SS – Brandon Loy, Texas 3B – Tony Thompson, Kansas C- J.T. Wise, Oklahoma OF – Ryan Lollis, MissouriOF – Jamie Johnson, Oklahoma OF – Kyle Colligan, Texas A&M DH – Dustin Dickerson, BaylorSP – Chance Ruffin, TexasSP – Andrew Doyle, OklahomaRP – Craig Fritsch, Baylor

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYERBrandon Loy, Texas

Up next

The what and the where are already laid out, the Horns just don’t know the when and the who. The NCAA announced Sunday that Texas is one of 16 regional hosts for the NCAA Tournament. Who will be joining the Longhorns in Austin and when they’ll be playing will be announced Monday.

The other regional hosts: Atlanta (Georgia Tech), Baton Rouge (LSU), Chapel Hill (UNC), Clemson, Fort Worth (TCU), Fullerton (Cal State Fullerton), Gainesville (Florida), Greenville (East Carolina), Houston (Rice), Irvine (UC Irvine), Louisville, Norman (Oklahoma), Oxford (Mississippi), Tallahassee (Florida State), Tempe (Arizona State).