Mizzou Baseball Hopes End With Fight and Loss
Errors by Missouri on back-to-back plays with two outs in the eighth inning allowed Kansas to score the eventual game-winning run in a 4-3 victory in the Big 12 baseball tournament and the Jayhawks advance to Sunday's tournament championship game against Nebraska. KU pinch runner Brock Simpson was on second base with two outs in the eighth when third baseman Zane Taylor committed an error on a ball hit by Buck Afenir that allowed Simpson to move to third. Simpson then scored when Tiger shortstop Gary Arndt booted a ball hit by KU's Matt Baty.
The fight began when Tiger third baseman Brock Bond and Kansas' Ryne Price collided as Price rounded third base after hitting a second inning home run. The two fell to the ground fighting and both teams' dugouts emptied onto the field. Price and Bond were ejected and will not play in their teams next games which, for Price, is Sunday's tournament championship game against Nebraska.
Kansas head coach Ritch Price, Ryne Price's father, said he thought the collision was accidental. "I honestly believe it wasn't on purpose," the coach said. "I think Ryne is running around the bases and he has got his head down. I think the third-baseman just turned around and walked into him as he's running around the bases." NCAA rules state any player leaving their position and participating in a fight will serve a three-game suspension. As of late Saturday Big 12 officials were reviewing the tape to determine which players will be suspended. The NCAA rules say any players or coaches seen making physical contact in an obvious attempt to prevent a fight will not be ejected or suspended.