Mizzou claims rubber match

Senior right-hander Eric Anderson gave Missouri a strong start on the mound and drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning Sunday to help give the Tigers an 8-3 win over No. 12 Kentucky and claim two out of three games in the weekend series at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Senior right-hander Eric Anderson gave Missouri a strong start on the mound and drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning Sunday to help give the Tigers an 8-3 win over No. 12 Kentucky and claim two out of three games in the weekend series at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Anderson (2-2) allowed three earned runs over seven innings of work, scattering nine hits and one walk while striking out 10. The USA Collegiate National Team member also went 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBI.

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Missouri (17-17, 6-9 SEC) collected 15 hits against four UK pitchers and took advantage of a horrible defensive showing by the Wildcats, who committed five errors. The last two came in the ninth inning, allowing the Tigers to add four insurance runs to what had been a 4-3 lead.

Kentucky (23-13, 7-8 SEC) could not get its bats going less than 24 hours after pounding Mizzou 12-0 in Game 2 of the series. Leadoff man Austin Cousino collected three hits, but the Wildcats' 3, 4 and 5 hitters struck out five times and left five runners stranded.

Midseason national player of the year A.J. Reed saw his SEC home run streak end at five games, going 1-for-4 with an RBI on the day.

UK starter Andrew Nelson (1-3) worked six innings, allowing 10 hits and four runs, walking three and striking out two.

Gary Henderson's club will return to action on Tuesday, traveling to No. 10 Louisville for a 6 p.m. ET game at Jim Patterson Stadium.


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