Missouri got a glimpse of Kentucky's formidable offense in its win Friday, and on Saturday, Kentucky hit the Tigers with full force. Missouri fell 12-0, the greatest margin it has lost by this year.
The Tigers (16-17, 5-9 Southeastern Conference) were locked in a scoreless battle for the first 4 1/2 innings. Starting pitcher John Miles duked it out with Kentucky's Dylan Dwyer.
That changed quickly in the bottom of the fifth. Miles allowed a two-out bloop single to Max Kuhn, then A.J. Reed hit a two-run home run to open the scoring.
Kentucky scored another run in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead, then exploded for nine runs on seven hits in the sixth, an inning in which the Tigers used four pitchers and committed three errors.
Missouri couldn't muster any runs of it own. Logan Pearson was thrown out trying to score from second on a single in the fifth inning, and that was the closet the Tigers came to ending the shutout.
Eric Anderson is scheduled to take the mound for Missouri in the series-deciding matchup on Sunday. Anderson threw a complete game in a victory over Georgia in his last outing.