Aaron Carter, 23 Sports Reporter
After losing game one on Friday night, the Tigers came out with energy on Saturday for game two, defeating the No. 10 Kentucky Wildcats 9-8. It was a back-and-forth victory for the Tigers at Taylor Stadium, as four lead changes (and nearly a fifth) occurred throughout the game.
Junior Evan White hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth off T.J. Sikkema, and the Wildcats fell just one run short of a miraculous comeback. Sikkema recorded the victory and maintained his perfect record (6-0) in the process.
Juniors Trey Harris and Brett Bond, who both homered in game one of the series, combined for a total of five home runs on the evening. Harris knocked three out of the park while tallying four RBIs, and Bond hit two solo homers.
The three home runs by Harris were the most by a Mizzou player in one game since 2008, when Jacob Priday hit four home runs in Mizzou’s monstrous 31-12 win over Texas. Harris’ three home runs also tied an SEC record for the most by an individual in an SEC game.
The nine runs scored, and the five home runs hit, in game two was quite the reversal from the Tigers’ offensive performance in game one, where they only scraped together two runs (both in the ninth inning).
Starting pitcher Zach Logue allowed seven of the nine runs in the game in his five-plus innings of work. Logue struck out nine while allowing 10 hits.
Michael Plassmeyer was the starting pitcher sent out by Head Coach Steve Bieser, and he really struggled. Plassmeyer only threw 38 pitches before his night was done. He allowed three runs in just 2 2/3 innings, all of which were solo home runs.
Kentucky outfielders were the ones who got to Plassmeyer. Sophomore outfielder Tristan Pompey hit two of the three home runs off Plassmeyer and senior outfielder Marcus Carson hit the other.
The lack of strong pitching from either side made the game very unpredictable from inning to inning, and this matchup has shown to be very unpredictable from game to game. Game three, the deciding game of the series, will be played on Sunday evening at Taylor Stadium.