In his first career start, UK junior right-hander Kyle Jackson went five innings without allowing an earned run and the UK bullpen tossed four shutout innings in relief for an 11-1 win over Wright State on Wednesday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky (14-3) got a hit from eight starters, with senior center fielder Keenan Wiley and junior shortstop Taylor Black each contributing three RBI.
Wiley went 2-for-3 with a walk and Black was 1-for-2 with a walk. Senior Gunner Glad added a 2-for-4, two-RBI game, sophomore Braden Kapteyn went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and sophomore Chad Wright was 2-for-4.
Jackson allowed four hits and one unearned run, striking out two. He threw just 53 pitches with 38 going for strikes. He retired 13 of the final 15 hitters he faced and his lone run allowed came after a two-out error in the top of the first inning.
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Junior left-hander Mike Kaczmarek came on in relief and went 11⁄3 shutout innings, striking out two and allowing one hit.
Freshman Walter Wijas got two outs in the seventh inning and then UK had two pitchers make their season debuts. Chase Greene, a native of Nicholasville, tossed one shutout inning and sophomore Joe Devine threw a perfect top of the ninth.
Eleven of UK's 12 hits were singles.