Zach Reks stayed hot, but it wasn’t enough for the Kentucky baseball team as it opened the final series of the regular season.
The UK junior outfielder had two hits, including his seventh home run of the season, but Kentucky lost to Missouri 9-3 at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Thursday night.
Reks extended his hitting streak to nine games with a single in the sixth inning. In the eighth, he homered for the sixth time in Kentucky’s last 12 games.
Kentucky starter Zack Brown had a rough night, giving up 12 hits and eight earned runs in seven innings. Missouri (26-27, 9-19 Southeastern Conference) outhit UK (30-24, 13-15) 14-8, including six doubles.
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The Cats entered the series hoping to pad their NCAA Tournament résumé. UK has already earned a spot in next week’s 12-team SEC Tournament at Hoover, Ala.
Friday’s game moved up
With inclement weather expected Friday, the second game of the series at Cliff Hagan Stadium has been moved up to noon.
Kentucky’s Senior Day ceremony, originally scheduled for Friday, will take place before Saturday’s 1 p.m. game.