The top-seeded Wildcats got a strong start from right-hander Sean Hjelle (10-3) and kept constant pressure on the Bobcats' pitchers en route to a 6-4 win at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
No. 8 Kentucky (40-20) won
The Cats will face the winner of Friday night's second game between N.C. State and Indiana. UK's next game is slated for 7 p.m. ET on Saturday.