Keaton Steele's eighth-inning home run broke a tie game and sent Missouri to a 4-3 series-clinching win over Kentucky on Friday night in Columbia, Mo.
Kentucky (29-24, 10-19 SEC) held a 3-0 lead in the third inning, but watched as Missouri chipped away to tie the game in the sixth.
UK starter Kyle Cody worked 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on only three hits, but struggled with his command in walking four. Walter Wijas (2-1) came on in relief of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth, but allowed two runs to score on a single and served up the home run in the eighth. The loss was the first of Wijas' four-year career, dropping him to 7-1.
Missouri (18-30, 10-19 SEC) got a strong starting effort from Eric Anderson, who worked 7.1 innings, allowing only four hits and walking three. Jake Walsh (2-1) picked up the win by recording two outs in the eighth inning before the Tigers' home run in the bottom of the inning. Steele saved his second straight game in the series with three outs in the ninth.
Third baseman Shane Segovia went 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead the Tigers at the plate. Catcher Dylan Kelly also drove in a run for Mizzou.
UK collected five hits in the game, getting singles from Austin Cousino, Paul McConkey and Micheal Thomas and doubles from Max Kuhn and Matt Reida. Cousino drove in two runs and A.J. Reed added one RBI to account for the Cats' runs.
The regular season and series will conclude on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET at Taylor Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network, WLAP 630 AM or online at UKAthletics.com.
Missouri clinches series over Cats
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