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Horns Fall to Mizzou in Oklahoma City


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OKLAHOMA CITY — The last time Longhorn Corey Knebel pitched against Missouri, earlier in May, he lost after teammate Kirby Bellow made two errors at first base in the 11th inning.

Knebel lost to the Tigers again on Wednesday, but not because of any lapses in the field.

Missouri smacked Knebel around, knocking him out of the game in the fifth inning of a 5-0 Tigers' victory in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.

The Longhorns (30-21) face elimination today when they face Kansas (22-23) at 12:30 p.m. The Jayhawks lost to Texas A&M 10-4 in the first round.

Knebel (4-5) allowed nine hits — including four doubles in 4 1/3 innings. He threw 91 pitches.

Missouri (29-26) left-hander Rob Zastryzny (5-5) pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing five hits.

The Longhorns scored six runs against Zastryzny in 7 2/3 innings during a 6-4 win on May 5.

Missouri scored one run for Knebel in the third inning with doubles by Blake Brown and Conner Mach.

The Tigers followed up with four runs on five hits in the fourth.

Erich Garcia sent one run home with a single, and Brown drove in two with a double to deep left-center. Brown scored the fourth run on a wild pitch.

The Longhorns catch one break against Kansas: they avoid Frank Duncan, the Jayhawks' top pitcher. Duncan was pounded by the Aggies Wednesday, but he pitched a complete game during a 7-2 victory at Texas on April 20.

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