Dwyer, Reed lead Cats over Mizzou

Dylan Dwyer

A.J. Reed homered for a school-record fifth consecutive SEC game, Max Kuhn went 4-for-4 at the plate and Dylan Dwyer carried a shutout into the seventh inning Saturday as Kentucky bounced back with a 12-0 win over Missouri to even the weekend series at a game apiece.

A.J. Reed homered for a school-record fifth consecutive SEC game, Max Kuhn went 4-for-4 at the plate and Dylan Dwyer carried a shutout into the seventh inning Saturday as Kentucky bounced back with a 12-0 win over Missouri to even the weekend series at a game apiece.

The No. 12 Wildcats (23-12, 7-7 SEC) pounded out 15 hits in the win at Cliff Hagan Stadium. UK batted around in the sixth inning, plating nine runs to blow what had been a pitchers' duel wide open.

Reed's NCAA-leading 14th home run came in the nine-run inning, and the national midseason player of the year just narrowly missed hitting another with a warning-track fly ball in the seventh inning.

The massive offensive support made a winner out of Dwyer (4-1) in his first career SEC start. The sophomore left-hander from Murray, Ky., scattered six hits over 6.1 innings, walked only one, and struck out three.

"(Dylan) did a great job of pounding the strike zone once he got to 2-2 and full count," UK head coach Gary Henderson said. "A lot of pitches, a lot of deep counts, only walked one guy… I thought he did a really nice job of competing deep in the count and forced them to swing the bat."

Freshman Logan Salow came on in a first-and-third jam in the seventh, getting a double play to end the inning on just two pitches. Zach Strecker started the eighth, working the final two innings, allowing a hit and striking out two.

The Cats – who lead the SEC in nearly every offensive category also got two-hit games from Micheal Thomas, Ka'ai Tom, Storm Wilson, Thomas Bernal and Matt Reida. Missouri (16-17, 5-9 SEC) saw starter John Miles work five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Miles (2-4) gave way to Andrew Schwaab, who was tagged for six runs in UK's sixth-inning explosion.

The series will conclude on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The game will be televised live on CWKYT-TV and will be delayed on Fox Sports South, starting at 4 p.m. ET.

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