LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky broke open a close game against Xavier with a five-run seventh inning on Wednesday at Cliff Hagan Stadium en route to a 6-0 victory over the Musketeers.
Freshman starter Zack Thompson allowed only one hit over six shutout innings on the mound to lead the No. 10 Wildcats (29-13) to their 20th home win against only three losses this season.
Thompson (5-2) struck out five Musketeers and lowered his season ERA to 4.18 with another strong outing. The UK bullpen allowed only two hits and two walks over the final three innings of play.
Junior first baseman Evan White went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs on this birthday, including a two-run double over the centerfielder's head in the decisive seventh inning to highlight the UK bats. The All-American candidate raised his season average to .402.
Sophomore catcher Kole Cottam also went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run homer for the Cats.
Xavier (24-18) got a strong starting effort from Brad Kirschner, who worked around three hits and three walks in his four shutout innings on the mound. David Williams (1-1) took the loss in relief despite giving up only one of the six UK runs.
The Cats return to action this weekend in a huge series at South Carolina.