The Tigers' right-hander went the distance for Auburn (19-23, 6-13 SEC), giving up just one earned run on five hits and no walks. With the win, he improved to 2-3 on the season.
Kentucky starter Zack Brown had been strong in recent outings, but did not have his best stuff against the Tigers. Anfernee Grier touched him up for a three-run homer in the fourth inning that broke a 1-1 tie. Grier, who went 3-for-4, added another RBI on a single in the sixth inning.
Auburn third baseman Damon Haecker also shined at the plate, going 3-for-3.
Brown (2-8) surrendered five runs on 12 hits and two walks over five innings.
Sophomore first baseman Evan White continued his hot hitting, collecting two of UK's five hits, including a triple. He has raised his average to a team-leading .361.
Auburn and Kentucky (26-16, 10-9 SEC) resume the series at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday with UK ace Dustin Beggs facing off against the Tigers' Justin Camp. The game will be televised nationally on the SEC Network.