The Gauchos (5-1) plated three runs in the second inning and added four more in the fifth against UK starter Zack Brown, who dropped to 0-2 on the season. Austin Bush powered the UCSB offensive attack with three hits, including a home run, and two RBI. Michael McAdoo drove in three runs for the winners.
UCSB starter Shane Bieber (2-0) did not need much run support. The Big West preseason Pitcher of the Year worked 6.1 innings, allowing only three runs on seven singles and no walks. He struck out five.
Kentucky (2-2) got three hits from Evan White and a pair of hits from both Luke Becker and Marcus Carson.
The Cats return to action on Saturday, playing in the second round of the Tony Gwynn Classic against the loser of the Bryant-San Diego State first-round game.