Big 12 Baseball Championship, Game 12: Kansas 4, TCU 0

Mike Ehrmann

Pool play comes to a close, and we now know who's facing Oklahoma in tomorrow's championship game.

Apparently, a team other than Oklahoma can silence the opposition's bats. The surprising Kansas Jayhawks, seeded sixth and riding a six-game losing skein coming into the tournament, are now in the final of the Big 12 Championship.

TCU had runners on in all but one inning, but just couldn't get anything put together. Kansas found the scoreboard in the bottom of the third when Ka'iana Eldredge led off with a single, moved up on a sacrifice, and scored on Kevin Kuntz single.

The Jayhawks followed much the same model in the sixth to double their lead. Alex DeLeon doubled into deep right, then advanced on what was supposed to be a sacrifice by Jordan Dreiling; an error on TCU pitcher Alex Young (who'd just come on in relief) resulted in both runners being safe. Young then uncorked a wild pitch, and DeLeon raced in to extend the lead.

After the Horned Frogs mounted their most serious threat of the game in the seventh, loading the bases with two out but still failing to score, a two-run shot by Michael Suiter in the bottom of the inning doubled the Jayhawk lead yet again.

Jordan Piche' came in to close things out for the Jayhawks, and TCU surrendered without incident as Piche' retired seven of the eight batters he faced, a single by Kyle Bacak the only blemish on his line. TCU finishes 29-28, West Virginia is also done for the year as a result of KU's win, and tomorrow afternoon at 1pm CT Kansas will face off against Oklahoma for the Big 12 title -- where Kansas could possibly steal an autobid and dash the hopes of a bubble team.

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