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Missouri Tigers outlast Kentucky Wildcats 9-8 in slugfest

Teams combine for nine home runs in second game of weekend series.

Missouri's Trey Harris hit three home runs and Brett Bond smacked two to help the Tigers outlast Kentucky and a two-homer performance by Tristan Pompey on Saturday in Columbia, Mo.

The teams combined for nine long balls in the offensive showcase, including a two-out, two-run shot by UK's Evan White which brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning before Missouri's T.J. Sikkema closed out the win. 

The Tigers  (26-10, 7-7 SEC) evened the weekend series against the No. 10 Cats (24-12, 9-5 SEC) at a game apiece heading into Sunday's rubber match.

Mizzou's Harris and Bond also homered in Friday's opener, giving the duo seven in two days against the UK pitching staff.

Sikkema (6-0) came out of the bullpen after UK chased Missouri starter Michael Plassmeyer after only 2.2 innings. The left-handed reliever worked the final 6.1 innings to pick up a hard-earned win despite allowing five runs. 

Kentucky starter Zach Logue (5-3) took the loss, allowing seven runs over on 10 hits over 5.1 innings. It was a day of wildly mixed results for the Cats' lefty, who struck out a career-high nine batters. 

White went 3-for-4, Marcus Carson homered, and Zach Reks had a two-run double to complement Pompey's big offensive night. 

The series resumes on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

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