Mizzou baseball run-rules Kansas, heads to Big 12 championship game

By the Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Dane Opel doubled, tripled and drove in five runs to lead Missouri to a 12-2 rout of Kansas and earn a trip to the Big 12 tournament championship game for the second straight season.

In Saturday’s final Big 12 meeting between the border rivals, the Tigers (31-26) never trailed after getting an RBI single from Ben Turner and an RBI double from Michael McGraw in the bottom of the first. The game ended after eight innings because of the mercy rule.

Opel added a three-run double in the sixth and a two-run triple in the eighth. McGraw had three hits and three RBIs and Turner added three hits, three runs and two RBIs. Missouri will face fourth-seeded Oklahoma in the championship game Sunday. The winner of the championship receives an automatic spot at the College World Series.

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