Mizzou takes opener from Cats

A.J. Reed belted his nation-leading 13th home run and struck out a career-high 10, but Missouri came from behind Friday night on the strength of Eric Anderson's three-run homer in the eighth inning to give the Tigers an 8-7 win over the Wildcats.

A.J. Reed belted his nation-leading 13th home run and struck out a career-high 10, but Missouri came from behind Friday night on the strength of Eric Anderson's three-run homer in the eighth inning to give the Tigers an 8-7 win over the Wildcats.

Missouri (16-16, 5-8 SEC) led for most of the night in the opening game of a weekend series at Cliff Hagan Stadium, but UK batted around in a five-run seventh inning to grab the lead. The Wildcats' bullpen wasn't up to the task of holding it, however, as the Tigers went back ahead in the eighth.

Anderson went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBI to lead Missouri. The Tigers also go two-hit games from Dylan Kelly, Kendall Keeton and Ryan Howard.

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Reed went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and four RBI for Kentucky (22-12, 6-7 SEC), but it wasn't the junior left-hander's best showing on the mound. The Tigers got to him for five runs – four earned – on nine hits, a walk and a hit batsman, ending a streak of seven consecutive quality starts by Reed (6-2).

Junior right-hander Spencer Jack (1-1) took the loss out of the UK bullpen, replacing Logan Sallow with two in scoring position and no outs in the eighth inning before giving up Anderson's game-winning homer.

Brecklin Williams (2-1) earned the win for Missouri, pitching one inning, allowing two hits and one run. Keaton Steele closed out the game with two innings of scoreless work to earn his eighth save of the year.

Kentucky also got multi-hit games from Ka'ai Tom and Thomas Bernal, with Tom going 3-for-5. Austin Cousino, Micheal Thomas and JaVon Shelby each had one hit.

The series will resume on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports South and CWKYT, with Dick Gabriel, Doug Flynn and Brian Milam calling the action.


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