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
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.