UK Baseball cruises past Murray State 11-1

Chris Angolia

UK Baseball picked up its sixth consecutive win Wednesday with an 11-1 victory over the Murray State Racers. The Cats’ offense continued to thrive in the victory, and they have now pushed across 42 runs in their last four games.

Every starter picked up a hit for the Cats, and the team registered a total of 12 in the game.

After coming from behind in their previous two games, the Cats got back to playing ahead and jumped on the Racers early, taking a 2-0 lead in the first.

With one out, Evan White walked, JaVon Shelby singled and Riley Mahan hit a ground ball to the pitcher that resulted in an error while White scored. Gunnar McNeill followed with an RBI single, scoring Shelby.

White continued his torrid pace Wednesday, going 2-4 with a double and three RBI. He is now 14 for his last 21 and has reached in 19 of his last 24 trips to the plate with his average rising to .423 on the year with 18 RBI.

In the third, Mahan single scored White and extended the Cats’ lead to 3-0. After McNeill grounded into a fielder’s choice, Luke Becker singled and scored Mahan. Tristan Pompey followed by ripping a double down the right field line, scoring McNeill and Becker and the Cats’ lead was brought to 6-0.

Dylan Dwyer came on in relief of starter Zach Pop in the fifth after the Racers were able to put together back-to-back doubles to start the inning, cutting the Cats lead to 6-1.

Pop pitched a career-high four innings, allowed one run on five hits and had a career high four strikeouts.

UK got the run back in the bottom half of the inning, courtesy of a Shelby homer over the ‘Kentucky Baseball’ sign.

Shelby has gotten back on track after struggling recently. Along with the homer, the 6-foot-3 junior added a single and went 2-2 on the day with two runs scored and an RBI, bringing his average to .341 on the year with four homers.

In the sixth, the Cats extended their lead after three straight hits to load the bases. White then doubled and cleared the bases to give UK a 10-1 lead.

The Cats went on to close out the 11-1 victory, bringing their record to 9-3 on the year. UK is back in action Friday when it kicks off a weekend series with USC Upstate at 4 p.m. at Cliff Hagan Stadium.