Missouri baseball beats Kentucky to win series

Sunday, April 13, 2014 | 6:42 p.m. CDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The legend of Eric Anderson grew evermore on Sunday.

The fifth-year senior had 10 strikeouts in 7 innings on the mound and added three hits and two RBIs at the plate as the Tigers beat Kentucky 8-3.

Missouri (17-17, 6-9 Southeastern Conference) took two games of three over the weekend to get its second series win of the conference schedule, with the first coming on the road against Auburn.

Anderson's outing was his second in a row tallying 10 or more strikeouts — he had 12 in the Tigers' win over Georgia last Sunday. He continued to go to rely heavily on his breaking ball, using it as both a setup and out pitch. 

Missouri had another strong offensive showing in support of its pitchers. The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third and scored another run in the fourth.

The Wildcats came back to tie the game in both innings, but Missouri's run in the sixth gave the team a 4-3 lead, and Kentucky went scoreless the rest of the game.

The Tigers broke the game open with four runs in the top of the ninth. Dillon Everett's RBI single with the bases loaded opened the scoring, and Missouri got runs off a single from Jake Ring, a fielder's choice from Anderson and a sacrifice fly from Josh Lester.

Keaton Steele threw two scoreless innings and got his second save of the weekend. The Tigers' next game is scheduled for Tuesday against Missouri State in Springfield.

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