Erik Kase, 23 Sports Reporter
After winning game two, Mizzou baseball looked to make it two in a row against Kentucky in the series finale. Missouri had the momentum, but the Wildcats took the game by a score of 6-1.
The scoring opened up in the fourth inning, when the bases were loaded. Tigers starter Bryce Montes De Oca had allowed a single, a walk and a hit batter to load them. The next batter hit a sacrifice fly to give Kentucky the lead. Later in the inning, an error allowed another Wildcat to score and grow the lead to 2-0.
In the bottom half of the fourth, Brett Bond hit a home run to left field to cut the lead to 2-1. The fifth inning was relatively quiet, as Kentucky only mustered one hit and Missouri left a runner on base.
The Wildcats put the game out of reach in the sixth inning when they scored four runs. A single brought a runner from third home, and then two hit batters loaded the bases again.
By this time, Montes De Oca had already been replaced by Cole Bartlett. Two runs had already come across in the inning before Bartlett loaded the bases. Then a Marcus Carson single brought two runs home, giving Kentucky the decisive 6-1 lead.
Mizzou did not threaten Kentucky for the rest of the game, as only one batter was left on base for the remainder of the game. Montes De Oca took the loss in this game, his second of the year. He gave up four hits and three earned runs while walking three and striking out four in five innings of work. Bartlett walked one while striking out four in his four innings of work. He also gave up four hits and two runs.
For Kentucky, Justin Lewis got the win while giving up no walks in addition to striking out four. He did this in five innings of work. Logan Salow got the three-inning save. He gave up only one hit while striking out four and walking none.
Once winners for 20 straight games, the Tigers now hold a 26-11 record overall and a 7-8 record in the SEC.
Missouri will look to win their final home game before a lengthy road trip when the Tigers play Missouri State on Tuesday, April 18, at Taylor Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. and can be seen on SEC Network Plus.