Former Blue Springs High School star Nick Tepesch is heating up at the right time.

Former Blue Springs High School star Nick Tepesch is heating up at the right time.
The junior right-hander fired his second complete game in his last three starts, leading the University of Missouri baseball team to a 7-3 win over No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Texas Wednesday on the opening day of the Big 12 Championship at Bricktown Ballpark.
Tepesch struck out five and allowed three runs, just two of which were earned, to win his sixth game of the season. It was his second career complete game, with his first coming just two weeks ago in the form of a shutout of Nebraska.
Tepesch was happy to get the complete game to preserve the pitching staff for the remainder of the tournament.
“It was real important to finish the game because it saves everyone else for the games coming up,” Tepesch said. “I felt just as good in the ninth (inning) as I did in the first.”
The loss snapped Texas’ seven-game winning streak and was just the second loss by the Longhorns in their last 30 games. The Tigers were 0-4 against Texas this season before Wednesday’s win.
“Very happy with the outcome of the game,” Mizzou head coach Tim Jamieson said. “Had an outstanding performance (from) Tepesch, and that’s what you need to beat the best team in the country. Nick had much better command of all of his pitches today.”
Aaron Senne’s two-run double and Brett Nicholas’ RBI single keyed a three-run third inning that put the Tigers (28-25) in control.
Michael Liberto had an RBI single in the fourth and scored an unearned run in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead. Mizzou added two runs in the eighth, one on Conner Mach’s RBI double, to grab a 7-2 lead.
Texas (46-9) scored once in the ninth, before Tepesch stuck out Cohl Walla for the game’s final out.
“He did get ahead early,” Texas third baseman Kevin Lusson said of Tepesch. “He had good control with his stuff. His cutter was working, and he didn’t lose much control late in the game.”
Mizzou now meets No. 4 seed Texas A&M, a 9-2 winner over Texas Tech, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Texas meets Texas Tech at 3 p.m.
CENTRAL MISSOURI OUSTED: Two hits by Blue Springs High School graduate Bret Schwartz wasn’t enough to save Central Missouri in the NCAA Division II College World Series Wednesday.
The third-ranked Mules fell 9-4 to fourth-ranked Georgia College & State University (GCSU) in an elimination game in Cary, N.C. The Mules finished 52-11 and in a tie for fifth place, the 13th time they have finished in the top five in 15 trips to the national championships.
Eric Silkwood, also a Blue Springs grad, allowed two hits and one run in 21⁄3 innings of relief of starter Mitch Stubenhofer. Lee’s Summit North graduate Alex Kent allowed no runs in one-third of an inning.
Raytown grad Jon Wegener went 1-for-4 and scored a run.
UCM fell 2-1 in 11 innings to top-ranked UC-San Diego on Tuesday to fall into the losers’ bracket. Wegener drove home the Mules’ lone run with an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth, just one batter after Tyler Ruch broke up a no-hitter by UCSD pitcher Matt Rossman.
Kent allowed a run in 22⁄3 innings of relief of starter Ryan Allen in the loss to UCSD.
The Mules opened with a 3-0 win over Tampa on Saturday. Wegener was 1-for-4 with two runs scored and Schwartz was 1-for-2 with a walk against Tampa. Brooks Martin (12-0) pitched a complete-game shutout.