Middle Innings Sink Tigers in Loss at No. 15 Kentucky

MUTIGERS.COM <i>Ryan Howard tallied his second consecutive multi-hit game and seventh of the season.</i>
Ryan Howard tallied his second consecutive multi-hit game and seventh of the season.

April 12, 2014

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Mizzou baseball dropped the second game of its series at No. 15 Kentucky, 12-0, on Saturday night (April 12) at Hagan Stadium. The Wildcats exploded for 12 runs over the fifth and sixth innings - including nine in the sixth - to sink the Tigers as they fall to 16-17 on the season and 5-9 in SEC play. UK moves to 23-12 and 7-7 in SEC play. Mizzou junior righty John Miles (Columbia, Mo.) took the loss, going 5.0 innings, allowing eight hits and four earned runs while walking three and striking out three. UK's Dylan Dwyer earned the win, his fourth of the season. Freshman Ryan Howard (St. Charles, Mo.) tallied his second consecutive multi-hit game in the loss.

Miles worked through some tough spots in each of the first two innings, needing 36 pitches to get the game to the third. He worked around a one-out hit, a pair of wild pitches and a two-out walk in the first before getting out of the second after allowing two infield hits in the second. Miles then walks the SEC's walk leader Max Kuhn to open the third. But he got AJ Reed to ground into a fielder's choice and got a line-drive to center off the bat of Michael Thomas and then Jake Ring (Ingleside, Ill.) doubled off Reed at first for a double play. That sent the game to the fourth in a scoreless tie.

Kentucky finally got to Miles in the fifth. Ring robbed a pair of hits in center to open the inning, but Kuhn blooped a single into right field and then AJ Reed hit a two-run homer to put UK on top. Reed then came home to score on an RBI double into the right field corner by Ka'ai Tom to take a 3-0 lead. Logan Pearson (Bentonville, Ark.) then attempted to score from second in the top of sixth inning on a Dylan Kelly (Roswell, Ga.) single, but he was thrown out at the plate and that shifted momentum to UK's side.



Seven hits, a walk and three Tiger errors led to eight more runs by Kentucky in the sixth inning. UK sent 13 batters to the plate in the frame. That was all that UK needed to put the game away.

Mizzou and Kentucky will play the series finale tomorrow at noon (CT). It will be a rubber match as both teams will look to win the series. Eric Anderson (1-2, 2.96 ERA) will pitch for Mizzou while UK will throw righty Andrew Nelson (1-2, 2.79 ERA). For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouBaseball.

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