Evan White's hot bat hleps lead Kentucky Wildcats over Murray State

Evan White's bat has been sizzling to start the season.

The Kentucky first baseman went 2-for-4 with a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs as part of the Wildcats 11-1 romp over Murray State on Wednesday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

White, who is the reigning SEC Player of the Week, has 14 hits over his last five games for Kentucky (9-3). The sophomore from Ohio has now reached bases in 19 of his last 24 plate appearances and has raised his batting average to .423 with a team-high 18 RBI.

Every UK starter collected at least one hit against the Racers, including the fourth home run of the year for third baseman JaVaon Shelby among his two hits. Riley Mahan also had two hits for the Cats. Tristan Pompey drove in a pair of runs.

Zach Pop started on the mound for UK, pitching a career-long four innings, scattering five hits and a walk with only one run crossing the plate. Dylan Dwyer (1-0) took over in the fifth, working two shutout innings to claim the 13th win of his career. 

Murray State (6-8) starter Austin Dubsky (0-2) worked 2.2 innings, allowing five hits and six runs – five earned – walking two. 

UK returns to action on Friday in a three-game weekend series with USC Upstate. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

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