The No. 17 Wildcats (18-7) started Ryne Combs and used Dylan Dwyer, Taylor Martin, Sam Mahar, Sach Strecker, Kyle Cody and Spencer Jack out of the bullpen to hold on for a 9-6 win over the Musketeers.
The Cats, who have led the NCAA in runs scored for the last three weeks, plated nine runs on eight hits with sophomore outfielder Dorian Hairston going 2-for-4 with a triple and one RBI. UK got hits from seven of eight starters and RBI from seven spots in the order. Max Kuhn, A.J. Reed, Ka'ai Tom, Zach Arnold, Matt Reida and JaVon Shelby each tallied hits, with Kuhn, Arnold and Shelby each notching doubles.
Xavier (12-11) starter Trent Astile (1-2) worked 5.2 innings, allowing eight hits and nine runs – six earned – walking three and striking out one. Sean Campbell worked 2.1 hitless innings in relief.
Joe Forney and Jake Forrester each had two hits and drove in a run to lead the Musketeer offense.
UK will return to action on Friday, opening a series at No. 5 Vanderbilt at 7:30 p.m. ET.