COLUMBIA — Missouri leadoff hitter Eric Anderson hit three doubles Friday against No. 25-ranked Auburn, and the third one did the most damage.
Anderson drove in two runs in the top of the eighth inning to break a tie game and put Missouri up 4-2. That ended up the final score. The victory clinched a series win for Missouri over Auburn. The series is scheduled to conclude with a noon game Saturday at Auburn.
"Overall, we played a real good baseball game," Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said on KTGR after the game. "To win a series on the road in the SEC is a big deal."
Missouri's offense opened the eighth inning with back-to-back singles by Dylan Kelly and Ryan Howard. Freshman center fielder Jake Ring then loaded the bases with a single that loaded the bases with one out. Anderson followed Ring to the plate and drove in Kelly and Howard.
Auburn relief pitcher Justin Camp took the loss. He pitched three innings and allowed two runs on five hits.
Missouri relief pitcher Breckin Williams earned the win. He threw 1 1/3 innings and allowed no runs and one hit. The save went to right-hander Keaton Steele, who pitched the final 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief.
Missouri starting pitcher John Miles gave his team a chance to win at Auburn. Miles threw 5 1/3 innings allowed just one run and four hits. He left the game with Missouri holding a one-run lead.
But Miles got a no decision.
Missouri had built a 2-0 lead with a run in the third inning and one run in the fifth inning. But Auburn erased that lead with a run in the sixth and then the seventh inning.
Auburn got its offense going in the sixth inning after Miles shut them down the first five innings. Leadoff hitter Jordan Ebert was 2-for-2 with a walk against Miles, but the rest of the Auburn lineup went 0-for-15 the first five innings.