Brad Schaenzer pitched five scoreless innings and Evan White hit his first home run of the season as Kentucky rolled to a 12-0 win over Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday in the Wildcats' home opener at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
The shutout was the Cats' first since blanking South Carolina 6-0 on May 7 last season.
Kentucky (3-5) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on the opposite-field home run by White, a preseason All-American pick at first base who is currently serving as the Cats' designated hitter as he eases back into the lineup from a hip injury. He raised his season batting average to .700 with a 3-for-4 day and extended a hitting streak dating back to last season to 19 games.
Riley Mahan added a two-run double for UK in the first, and the Cats never looked back. The junior infielder also belted a run-scoring double in the eighth to give him four RBI on the day.
Luke Becker, a junior infielder, also drove in two runs for the Cats. He has eight over his last three games.
Schaenzer (1-0) came into the game having not allowed a baserunner in his first 4.2 innings of relief work this season. The left-hander pushed that streak to 16 batters retired before allowing a hit. He finished with five strikeouts and two walks.
Four UK relievers allowed just two hits over the final four innings to close out the win.
EKU (3-6) started right-hander Bryan Quillens (0-1) who allowed seven earned runs on five hits and two walks over 2.1 innings on the mound.
Kentucky returns to action Wednesday at Cliff Hagan Stadium against Western Kentucky. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.